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Another Unexpected Benefit from Abstinence

Last week, I went to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning. I still get anxious going to the dentist. Perhaps a holdover from childhood or an adult aversion to pain and possible expense. I got a great report this time, which made me relieved and happy.

I also noticed that the hygienist spent very little time cleaning my teeth. When I asked her about it, she said that it was because I’m not eating sugar and simple starches. They create a film within the first hour that quickly cements itself to our teeth as plaque; this is why they suggest brushing our teeth after every meal or snack, which I don’t do. I was thrilled to know this new benefit.

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