Reno Dentists Explain the Connection Between Weight Loss and Dental Health
Posted January 23, 2013 by Wager-Evans Dental
With summer right around the corner, people across the country are focused on losing weight and getting in shape. The best route for losing weight is diet and exercise. Not only will you boost heart health and drop unwanted pounds, but you’ll improve your dental health, as well. Your Reno family dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, reveal how a good diet and a little exercise can strengthen your teeth.
Jogging or walking outside exposes you to fresh air, and gives you an important dose of vitamin D. The sun’s rays give you vitamin D, which allows your body to absorb calcium. As you may know from milk commercials, calcium is a mineral that strengthens bones and teeth. Strong tooth enamel discourages the development of tooth decay. Obtaining vitamin D also helps prevent high blood pressure, stroke, and depression. Protect your teeth from cavities and lose weight with a little time in the sun.When working out, move your activity outside. Join an outdoor sports team after school or work.
In addition to exercise, a nutritional diet can safeguard your smile and slim your waist-line. Avoid foods and drinks high in sugar and other forms of starch. As bacteria feed on starches, they increase oral acids. Soon, these acids weaken enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. Try chewing sugarless gum. Chewing gum helps control the urge to snack and stimulates saliva production. Saliva neutralizes acids, remineralizes teeth, and cleanses your mouth of stray food particles and harmful bacteria.
Another easy step is substituting candy and sodas with fruits and water. Also, be sure to add more fresh vegetables to your diet. These simple measures will replace harmful sugars with an array of vitamins and minerals. As your diet improves and the weight drops, your smile can remain healthy and bright.
Attending regular checkups with your Reno dentists is another great way to protect your smile. We provide general and cosmetic dental services for your entire family. Contact our 89502 dentist office at 775-829-7700 to make an appointment today. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.