Are holiday indulgences starting to tack themselves onto your waistline? While December is a common time to go wild with eating and drinking, January is a big time for trying to undo the damage with dieting and exercise. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, understands that you aren’t likely to see “The Toothbrush Diet” on the shelves of your local bookstore, there is actually a chance that good oral hygiene can help you drop a couple of pounds.
Cut the Sugar
You know that sugar is bad for your teeth. You’ve likely been told so since you were a small child. It is true that sucrose feeds the germs in your mouth that cause tooth decay. High-carbohydrate foods are just as bad as your body quickly converts them into sugar. Sugar and carbs – aren’t those the same foods that have contributed to at least a few of your extra pounds? Perhaps by giving yourself the simple perspective that taking care of your teeth and taking care of your body go hand-in-hand, you’ll have an easier time saying no to unhealthy treats.
Brushing for Weight Loss
Meanwhile, you can actually brush your teeth to lower your appetite. In general, Dr. Askari will recommend that you floss daily and brush twice a day. If you are dieting, try ramping it up and brushing after every meal. If you are a fast eater, your body might not be in sync with your brain as far as feelings of fullness. It generally takes about 30 minutes for your brain to realize that your stomach has had enough. Brushing your teeth can suppress your appetite just long enough to let your digestive system and brain communicate with each other. After all, a minty-fresh mouth is not exactly an appetizing way to dive into a plate of nachos. If you’re feeling especially tempted when trying to cut the calories, give brushing your teeth a go and see if you are able to push through cravings without giving in.
Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist
If you would to learn more about the comprehensive dentistry services services available from Comfort Dental Spa, contact Dr. Askari today. To schedule an appointment, you can reach our dental office at (248) 474-6434. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.