January 14, 2019
You’re going to do it this year. You’ve decided that you’re going to lose that extra weight and get healthy. It may not be easy. Would you like some additional motivation to stick to your new healthy habits? Well, did you know that some of the best ways to lose weight are also ways to promote your oral health? From a dentist in Fremont, check out these simple tips that will benefit your waistline and your teeth at the same time.
Reduce Sugar Intake
You probably already know that too much sugar is bad for your health. Sugar consumption has been linked to many chronic diseases like diabetes and may increase your risk of heart disease. But did you know that it is bad for your teeth too?
The food we eat doesn’t just feed us—it also feeds harmful bacteria in our mouths. These bacteria produce acids that break down our teeth’s enamel. What do the bacteria love to eat the most? Sugar. When you cut back on the amount of sugar you consume, you also cut back on their food supply, decreasing the risk for conditions like gum disease and tooth decay.
Instead of a sugary dessert, trying chewing a sugar-free gum. Studies have shown that it can reduce your risk of cavities and curb your craving for something sweet.
Choose Mouth-Friendly Foods
Most of the food that is bad for your body is also bad for your teeth because of added processed sugar. Fortunately, on the other hand, many of the foods that help you maintain a healthy weight also help your teeth. Here are some examples of foods that will help you lose weight and keep your smile strong:
- Watery fruit and vegetables, like pears and cucumbers.
- Fibrous fruit and vegetables, such as leafy greens, broccoli, apples, and carrots.
- Whole grains, like oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat bread.
- Low-fat dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt.
Drink More Water
A 20-ounce regular soda contains an average of 227 calories. Choosing water over soda is an easy way to cut calories from your diet. Plus, a regular can of soda contains about 12.5 teaspoons of added sugar, which, again, can cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Instead of soda or juice with meals or sports drinks after workouts, try drinking more water throughout the day. Water is the best beverage option, not just because has zero calories and no sugar; water also helps your teeth by washing food particles and plaque away from your teeth.
As you follow these healthy tips, you’ll likely see what you want not only on the scale but also when you look at your smile in the mirror. These healthy lifestyle choices can improve your oral and overall health and are worth the effort to implement into your life. For more information about oral health, schedule an appointment with your dentist in Fremont.
About the Practice
At James Block Dentistry, several of the staff members have been with Dr. Block for over 10 years. They all strive to listen to their patients and provide excellent dental care ranging from cosmetic dentistry to treatment of sleep apnea to restorative and preventive dentistry. To contact them, call (510) 793-0801 or click here.
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