You’ve heard it a million times, from a million places. Your dentist and your parents told you the same thing growing up, and it is still absolutely true. Brushing after meals is absolutely necessary to your dental health. But did you know that it can also help to keep your diet on track?
Starting a diet is always the hardest part. Because you are teaching your body to react differently to things like food and exercise. Choosing to eat less and eat more nutritious items can often leave you fighting hunger pangs and feeling like you’re stuck with an empty stomach all too often.
An easy fix that people do not often realize is simply brushing your teeth after a meal. By rinsing away the taste of the food, you can help to lessen cravings and the urge to eat more. It can also become a cue for your body. By brushing after every meal, you are teaching your body that the time to eat is over, and this can help to decrease hunger overall.
The minty fresh taste left over by a good brushing can also help you to keep from taking in excess calories from things like drinking soda or eating candy after a meal. These are just empty calories and all they will do is sabotage your diet. Brushing will lessen your desire to turn around and put these things in your mouth by leaving you pleasantly tingly and clean.
The great thing about using brushing to curb cravings is that it doesn’t matter what type of diet you are on. No matter if you are vegan or low carb, high protein or gluten-free, you can brush your teeth after every meal and be one step closer to your weight loss goal.