They can pop up just anywhere these days!
I imagine I am not the only person who reads your log for whom the flossing comparison in the article falls flat. Neglecting strength training I definitely understand. But flossing? Monsters.
Definitely. The dentist in the house says that if for some reason you could only do one thing, you should choose flossing over brushing. He doesn't see many cavities on the open tooth surfaces that can be brushed. A child's first cavity is almost always between two molars.
A public service announcement while we're talking dental health (regular dinner table talk around here): 'Bent would say that while parents still have some control over diet, keep kids away from gummies, including gummy vitamins. Tooth brushing and flossing are no match for sticky candy, and 'Bent feels bad when he has to fix damaged baby teeth. Some cavity-causing foods can be made less harmful, e.g. fruit juice is OK if it's diluted and less risky when served with a meal rather than between meals. But there is no way to make gummies safe for baby or adult teeth.
So my preference for clif blocks as running fuel could be in jeopardy if I were inclined to heed the good advice of those who know better?
I get stern looks because my favourite running snack is Honey Stinger chews. The Good Doctor admits they aren't quite as sticky as gummies though.
Getting deeper into the weeds, some people are more inclined to get cavities than others based on their saliva. 'Bent can do a test on his patients. So if you enjoy Clif Bloks (I just noticed there is no "c") and your dental health has been good, you are probably one of the lucky ones.
Pretty sure I’m spit positive. If I have a filled cavity - I can’t quite recall - it’s 20 years old.
Clif blocks and coke for dinner! Thanks Richard!!
I think I'm also very lucky with my saliva since my eating habits would probably make most dentists faint ("why yes, I will eat one gummy bear every five minutes for 10 hours") and yet my teeth are fine. My sister, on the other hand... she once had 16 (I think) cavities in one visit.
Gummies and clif bloks are definitely worse when you're dehydrated.
Someone I won't name had an emergency molar root canal the day before a race due to the lovely effects of jammed-in sports gummies.
Things change over the years too if you are on meds that dry your mouth.
I have to slug back Infinit sports drink while I'm running ultras, as the cheese and other salty stuff I used to eat won't stay down now. I always chase every slug with a sip and swish of straight water, but my mouth still feels like the bottom of a birdcage after a race.