Sure we know the do’s and don’ts of taking care of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth and visit the dentist every 6 months.
But doing the exact same thing day in and day out for your entire life can get kind of boring. Doctor Robert Thompson, our dentist in Portland, is always looking for answers to help patients with their overall health. We have news that may shock you, but brushing your teeth doesn’t just improve your oral health, it can actually help improve your overall health, and we are here to share that you actually can lose weight?
You read that right; you can trim your waistline by taking great care of your smile. Brushing your teeth of course helps you shine bright, but maintaining a good hygiene program will help you in many other ways. Here are our favorite tips to help you lose weight while brushing your teeth.
Brush Your Teeth After Meals
Before or right after a meal, brush your teeth if you are feeling hungry. We found it can actually help you fight off those pesky cravings. Doctor Thompson recommends brushing your teeth after each meal instead of eating dessert to save on extra calories. Toothpaste ahs a natural sweetener and it can help you cure the sweet cravings and polish your smile.
Our dentist in north Portland suggests brushing after meals to remove plaque build up and bacteria that can stay in the mouth for extended periods of time. The back and fourth movement of the bristles on the brush will help prevent cavities.
Stand Up While Brushing
Recent research proves that people who brush their teeth while sitting down burn less calories then people who actually do this daily habit while standing up. Try to out and stand up while you brush and you will burn more calories. For an extra bonus, try to stand on one foot or your top toes while brushing. This will help improve your balance. Do this for 12- 15 reps and switch to the other foot. This will help build more lean muscles in your legs.
Improve Your balance
You don’t have to be a yogi to be centered; you can still improve your balance at home. Try standing on one foot while you brush your teeth, then switch to the other. Doing this exercise for 2-4 minutes a day, the time it takes to brush your teeth, can improve your overall balance. Say goodbye to wobbly position. You can floss on your one foot too.
For more advice on how to take care of your health visit our Dentist in North Portland.