The Connection between Oral Care and Weight Loss

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If you are like many people, chances are that you are always looking for ways to lose weight. What you may not realize is that there is a link between weight loss and your oral health. So, when you decide to lose some weight you are not only choosing a healthier lifestyle that will make your waistline smaller, you are also going to likely end up with a better smile as well. Losing weight and gaining healthier teeth can lead to a higher self esteem, which in turn can lead to a better life overall. Here are some weight loss tips that are also good for your oral health.

Meal Planning

Choosing lean proteins, grains, dairy, and vegetables instead of fatty foods can not only help you lose weight, but it will also help you look and feel better overall. These foods are high in fiber and water, which helps to balance out the sugars that they contain and will help to keep your teeth clean. Each of these foods also help to stimulate the production of saliva, which will wash away food particles and harmful acids.

 

When choosing grains, choose ones that are low in sugar. Protein choices should be lean such as fish, poultry, and lean beef. Include beans, eggs, and legumes as these are high in phosphorus, which can help to keep the mouth healthy. Dairy products should be fat free or low fat. Milk as well as other dairy products such as yogurt and cheese have a low amount of sugar and they contain a high amount of calcium. This is good for healthy gums and teeth.

What to Drink

When it comes to drinking, staying hydrated is extremely important for your overall health. The best way to stay hydrated is to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. When it comes to weight loss, simply giving up sugary sodas and other drinks can help you cut out unnecessary calories and in turn lose some unwanted weight. In addition, cutting soda out of your diet can also help save your teeth. The extra calories that are found in soda come from sugar. One regular can of soda has about 12.5 tsp of added sugar.

 

Water is the best thing that you can drink. It does not have any sugars or calories and it also helps to keep cavities away because it washes away any leftover food particles and also helps to get rid of dry mouth.

Exercising

Of course one of the best ways to lose weight is to make sure that you are exercising regularly. At a minimum, adults should try to get in at least three hours of physical activity each week. When exercising, make sure to stay hydrated. Once again, water is the best choice. While it may seem harmless to choose a sports drink, these drinks once again have extra calories and added sugar, which are not only bad for your waistline, but also your teeth.

Snacking

When it comes to snacking, it is important to make sure that you are making good choices. Yogurt and berries are a good choice for when you are craving a snack. Cheese, and any type of fruit or vegetable is going to keep you feeling fuller for longer, which can help your overall health and your dental health as well. If you are a night snacker, make sure that you are brushing your teeth after your last meal and snack. Leaving food on your teeth overnight can lead to many oral health issues.

 

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