Healthy teeth, in and of themselves, will not keep your weight down. However, what you eat to maintain healthy teeth will – and will do so without counting calories. A diet that is balanced and comprised of the major food groups will keep you slim and trim, help you maintain your smile, and give you sufficient calories for regular exercise.
Why Fad Or Low-Calorie Diets Are Bad
Fad dieting or low-calories and restricted diets are bad for the teeth. In this case, you may lose weight temporarily, but eating such a limited intake of foods can also impact your teeth and gums. For example, low-carb and no-carb diets can affect the breath, as they release chemicals known as ketones which give you bad breath. Instead, of taking this dietary approach, it is easier to eat the carbs and exercise, which will put an end to halitosis.
What Is A Balanced Diet?
A balanced diet consists of foods that comprise a nice balance of fruits and vegetables (including leafy greens), good fats (such as Omega-3s), dairy, and whole grains. Stay away from processed foods or sugary hard candies, both which allow bacterial plaque to remain on the teeth. When you eat a balanced diet and combine it with a routine of regular exercise (such as biking or walking), you will experience better dental health and boost your immune system at the same time.
You can stay slim and healthy and present a nice smile. By eating a nutritionally rich diet, you can forego fad diets and focus on taking care of your teeth as well as a regular program of exercise. Professional cleanings and exams also will boost your dental and health goals. Make sure you schedule regular office visits every six months. Give us a call today for a dental cleaning and exam if you have not seen us in the last six months. We look forward to helping you meet your goals for better dental care.