Chew On This

So this is going to be my smile for approximately the next year –

That’s actually more of a grimace, but you get the point.

If you are thinking “this is a food blog, I don’t care about your embarrassing mouthware!” then chew on this fun fact- most of the nutritional problems in the elderly are directly related to issues with their teeth.  Dietetics definitely recognizes the link between the health of your teeth and your overall health; we had several lectures last semester devoted to dental carries alone.  As much as I wish they wouldn’t, my trips to the orthodontist are definitely going to have an impact on the way I eat in the coming months.

I can take the retainers out to eat and brush my teeth, but ideally they need to be in my mouth as many hours a day as possible.  This has a couple of scary effects on my diet –

  • I can no longer be a grazer.  In order to maximize my retainers-in-mouth time I need to generally stick to three meals and day and they need to be as short as is realistically possible.
  • I cannot really eat during my classes.  I suppose I technically could, but I don’t plan on taking out my retainers in the middle of a lesson.  I’m not really sure how this is going to work, especially with my 6-8:40pm class.

After I was done reliving my teens I spent the morning running random errands.  We’ve got quarters for laundry, a new stock of stamps, and my mouth looks like it belongs on someone who gets felt up in the hallway; done and done.

My mouth doesn’t really hurt yet (it will), but the crunchy salad I had planned for lunch was not happening.  I ended up walking down the street for a slice of buffalo chicken pizza.

Followed by some nice cold ice-cream.

And I’m glad that lunch was calorically heavy because it ended up also being dinner.  I’m not sure whether it’s the after-effects of yesterday’s migraine, all the extra spit I have going, or a combination of both, but the thought of eating dinner was just sickening.  I’ll have an extra big breakfast tomorrow!

Suggestions needed!  What the heck should I do about eating on campus?

11 thoughts on “Chew On This

  1. I go to a pretty small school! There is only one cafeteria and it really stinks, so I always pack my food. It sounds like you wont want to leave your retainer out too longer, but I was thinking you might want to bring a smoothie or soup with you to school as it wont be to hard to wash your mouth out with some water after those eats and then put the retainer back in! I know that might not help, but I do understand your hate for braces, I had mine on for 6 years! 😦

  2. My suggestion is a DON’T: While at school, don’t take your retainers out to eat and wrap them up in a napkin. I seem to remember going through the trash at that restaurant years ago…but I love you anyway!

  3. Oh my gosh, do I know what you’re going through!
    I started out with a retainer in middle school, then braces in high school along with head gear during the night (yes, it is as bad as it sounds) and now I wear a retainer at night to keep my teeth from moving.

    Your teeth are going to be killing you even more than you could possibly imagine. I’d stick with soup, oatmeal, yogurt, and ice cream for a day or two. I agree with Jess- having a case is great. I remember during lunch at school people would put their retainers on a napkin and then accidentally throw it away, only to have to search through the trash can for it. You do not want that to be you!
    Also, once you get used to it and you don’t feel pain, I don’t think food should be a problem. I would just carry a travel tooth brush in my backpack and head to the bathroom after meals and do a quick rinse of my mouth so my retainer wouldn’t get icky. If you feel awkward taking out your retainer in the cafeteria, you could go to the bathroom first and take it off there.

    It might seem like a lot of time and effort, but you’ll have that beautiful smile for the rest of your life! 🙂

      • Write on, thanks so much for the advice/encouragement! I’ve actually age retainers (braces too!) before, but I stopped wearing them at night and my teeth got crooked.

    • Well dinner was a healthy vegetable dish, but that’s a bit hard to manage when you can’t chew. I agree that there are parts of my diet that could use improvement, but I plan on eating more fruits and veggies, not less “fun” stuff.

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