The concept of maintaining proper dental hygiene is nothing new. By now it has more than likely been ingrained into your mind (stemming from different sources) that in order to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums it will take some work on your part: regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and visits to your Ottawa dentist.
There is another added benefit to keeping your mouth in tip top shape, weight loss. Properly maintained teeth have proven to be effective when it comes to the battle of the bulge as well and here’s how.
“1. Good oral hygiene requires avoiding unhealthy foods.
In general, good oral hygiene mandates that foods high in sugars and fats be consumed only in moderation. Otherwise, they can lead to tooth decay and gum problems. Those who are serious about keeping their teeth stain-free and healthy will avoid foods like sweets, pasta, bread, potatoes, coffee, sugary drinks and soda. Each of these foods can also lead to considerable weight gain when consumed excessively.
2. Brushing your teeth can stem cravings.
The reason dentists tell you to brush your teeth after every meal goes beyond eliminating bacteria and enamel-eating sugars. It also helps to reduce cravings for these foods. The mint from the toothpaste sends signals to the brain that make the thought of eating sugary and starchy foods repulsive because the mint counteracts their flavor. Brushing your teeth is a long-used trick to stem cravings when trying to achieve weight loss.
3. Erasing oral bacteria can eliminate certain health complications.
There are more bacteria in the mouth than most people like to think about. The harmful bacteria in your body can complicate serious health conditions including stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. These health conditions make weight loss extremely challenging because many of the symptoms include weight gain, and medications can also contribute to weight issues. You have a better chance of losing weight when you are free from chronic health problems.”
Of course this doesn’t mean that solely focusing on your teeth will cause you to lose weight and become more healthy. Before you do anything to become healthier make sure you consult with a medical practitioner first.