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Weight Loss Tips That Are Also Good for Your Teeth

Weight Loss Tips That Are Also Good for Your Teeth

If you’ve decided to lose a few pounds after the New Year, you’re not alone. Weight loss is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions made every year. Making smart food choices, paying attention to portion size, and exercising are the steps you can take to shed pounds, and these changes can benefit more than just your waistline.

Plan your Meals

Food is fuel for your body, and the right kinds of food will help you look, feel and function better. Learn how much lean protein, vegetables, grains, and dairy to have each day

Fruits and vegetables: These should cover half your plate at meals. They are high in water and fiber, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth. These foods also help stimulate saliva production, which helps neutralize acid, protecting teeth from cavities.

Protein: Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry, and fish. Vary your protein choices to also include eggs, beans, peas, and legumes.

Grains: At least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains or low-sugar bread and cereals, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread, and brown rice.

Dairy: When it comes to dairy, choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods. Milk and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt are low in sugar, which is a good thing for your dental health. Plus, they contain protein and are full of calcium, which is good for healthy teeth and gums.

Make a good choice When You Need Something to Drink

1 in 4 Americans gets at least 200 calories a day from sugary drinks like soda. Since a 20-ounce regular soda has an average of 227 calories, cutting soda from your diet is an easy way to save on calories. The calories in regular soda are bad enough but it is even worse than that for your teeth because those calories come from added sugar.

The swap is simple: Water. Water contains no calories, no sugars and helps keep cavities away by washing away leftover food and keeping dry mouth at bay.

When You’re Craving Dessert

Reach for a piece of sugarless gum. You can prevent dessert remorse and clean your teeth at the same time. Waiting about 20 minutes after a meal helps your body determine if it’s really still hungry. Studies also show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating can reduce your risk of cavities.

When You’re Working Out

Staying hydrated is key when you’re exercising, but sports drinks also often add extra calories because they are full of sugar and can be acidic. That’s why water is the best beverage for your body and your teeth.

When You Could Really Go for a Snack

Limiting your snacking and making better choices can help control your calorie intake. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice, such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, or nuts, to feel fuller, longer, and help your overall and dental health at the same time.

If you have any questions, please call us at 212-274 8338 or Book Online for an appointment at Empower Your Smile.

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