In the spring, I posted about my workout at the dentist. You know, the one where my heart rate rocketed becos of my fear of the dentist? I go to the Dental College at a local University where I haven’t visited for about eleven years. I stopped going becos I had completed the work that they recommended back then and I believed everything was good. Well, fast forward….my homeschooled daughter goes to public high school, meets and marries her high school sweetheart after college and her husband is currently in his last year of Dental school. I ‘volunteered’ to be one of his students this summer and in the process came upon a health tip discovery. So….knowing him as I do, for the first time in my life I did not experience the same workout as I have in the past. And it turns out he is a very gentle caring dentist. Not that I had encountered dentists who weren’t. (Well, maybe one or two who were not quite as gentle imho when it came to anesthesizing.) It just helps that I know him personally I guess. And being his new mother in law, he had no choice but to be nice to me, right? lol
Anyway, he’s repaired a few cavities and last week while eating a semi soft supper – soup – after the novocaine had worn off, I discovered something. I found myself being careful chewing around my newly worked on tooth, chewing very slowly and till my food was really chewed! I read somewhere that this is a very good thing to do to prevent overstuffing and overeating AND eating too fast. I have been known to scarf my food so this was a lightbulb moment for me. There is a health benefit to this “dental workout” too! Who would have thought?