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Your Teeth and Your Weight

Did you know that what you put in your mouth affects not only your weight, but also your dental health?

Now, before you tell me I’m crazy or spouting nonsense, hear me out on this surprising relationship between your weight and your teeth.

A study published in the journal Oral Diseases found that people who are overweight typically have poorer oral health. In fact, the research shows that obese people have an almost six-times higher risk of severe gum disease. One factor is the inflammation in the body brought on by the extra weight, which is a cause of periodontal disease.

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth and our waistline, but how about some other seemingly healthy foods? You can eat and drink your way to a healthier smile and body by making some small changes to your diet. The good news is that most of the foods you need for a healthy smile are also the best foods for your diet!

Water: Water is vital to our overall health – it hydrates us, it keeps us feeling full (so we eat less), it lubricates our joints, it carries oxygen throughout our body, it boosts skin health, to name a few benefits. As far as dental health goes, the top three reasons to make sure you get your H20:

Get Your Vitamins In: Vitamins are good for you. Period. They strengthen our bones, including teeth and jaw, and are good for our skin’s elasticity. Some of the best vitamins to help improve your teeth are:

Cheese: While included in dairy, cheese is a proverbial superfood for your mouth because of its ability to combat acid erosion of your teeth. Cheese can counter attack the acid left behind by many foods. Plus, it’s a healthy fat, so it makes you feel full.

Green Tea: Green tea is filled with antioxidants. These antioxidants help prevent plaque build-up and contains fluoride to help prevent tooth decay. A 2016 study determined that regularly drinking green tea also helped to reduce oral bacteria, which can protect against cavities, gum disease, and even bad breath. But, skip the sweeteners!

Our next blog post will look at the best and worst foods for your teeth.

Until then,

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