Tooth Talk with Brinkley Dental Group – Brushing teeth as a weight loss strategy

For many of us, the New Year represents an opportunity for a “do over” or a “restart” on this grand video game we call life. Often that means a renewed commitment to overall health and wellness. Perhaps you’re thinking of starting or re-committing to an exercise strategy and healthy eating routines. If so, we applaud your efforts – an emphasis on getting healthy is always a good thing! What role can your teeth play in the process? Let’s find out!

First and foremost, it’s important that one always does think of their teeth as an important part of overall health. Anything you are doing to, and for, your body will naturally be a good thing for your teeth. Drinking plenty of fluids (with the emphasis here on water) is a great way to flush out potentially harmful bacteria from your teeth, mouth and gums. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is also good. They promote healthy eating habits, fill you up and aren’t harmful to teeth like excessive sweets and/or the sugar from canned pop and other similar beverages can be. Careful though! Like anything – too much of a good thing can still be harmful and eating a lot of citrus fruit or too much of any fruit could cause a build up from the natural sugars they contain. “I can’t win,” you say. Well you can and here’s how – Brush Your Teeth! The simple act of brushing teeth really can promote wellness and it’s a great weight loss strategy too! How?    

It just makes common sense. When you brush your teeth your removing potentially harmful acids, bacteria and food debris and creating that clean, fresh feeling. Once you have that feeling – that “mmmnnnn, freshly brushed” feeling (you know what I’m talking about) you don’t want to mess it up again with coffee breath or sticky food residue. If you’re starting to feel hungry, reach for a bottle of water instead. Water is good for you and more importantly – it fills you up and VOILA you have a weight loss strategy! It’s not so much of a stretch when you really think about it. Think about our busy, harried lives, sometimes we don’t even get a chance to shower in the morning but we always brush our teeth. Why? Because it makes us feel better, fresher, more awake. Extend that feeling of freshness and feeling better by brushing several times throughout the day. If a natural by-product of all that tooth brushing is you eat a little less and this perhaps aligns with your overall fitness and weight loss goal strategies…..then brushing your teeth just helped you lose weight! Congratulations!

In the meantime, should your teeth require a little New Year tune up, call or visit Brinkley Dental in Brampton today and as always: ”don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and Brush that SMILE!”