Indulge me a bit on a somewhat different sort of topic for the forums. I had a dentist appointment this morning, got the teeth all nice and sparkly along with a pat on the head for being such a good boy in keeping my choppers in nice shape. Two random things though that I am hoping someone on here (maybe with some dental experience) could enlighten me on:
1) Tooth wear. Apparently I am a grinder (likely stress induced) and my dentist had one of those NTI bite guards set up for me to wear when I sleep. I have been very remiss in doing so and he gave me the speech about how bad things could be in 15 years or so. Just curious about how much truth there is to this. Also, and this is going to sound odd, but can you develop a lot of tooth wear from lifting? I never thought much about it but I might be clenching my teeth hard during big lifts at times.
2) Flossing. I am a regular flosser, but there was a sign up on the wall of the office with a quote from Dr. Mayo of the Mayo Clinic saying, to the effect, that regular flossing and plaque control can add 10 years to your life. Now, while I always wonder where they pull such figures from, to me it seemed to make a fair amount of sense. I shudder to think what kind of stuff develops in between your teeth over time if not cleared out and the overall effects on your health. Just curious about some of the ill effects associated with not being as diligent as need be in oral health.
Anyhoo, I found all of this fairly interesting and was curious if anyone had any kinds of answers on all of this. I think it's funny that we can all spend an inordinate amount of time working over every minute detail of training and diet, but then overlook the more importants things all too often.