Can Flossing Help You Lose Weight?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013, 11:33 pm

Only about 49% of Americans floss every day. This number probably isn’t surprising to most of us—many people forget or may not have the time or energy to floss every day, and brushing may seem like it’s enough.

However, flossing is the only way to get food particles and other materials out of the deep crevices between your teeth. Dentists don’t just tell you to floss because they have to, but because it will help you prevent things like gum disease and other infections in the mouth, as well as help you preserve your teeth for a brighter looking smile.

It’s even possible that flossing carries some other unexpected benefits, including weight loss. Although it sounds hard to believe, there are several ways in which a flossing routine can help you reduce fat in your body. Let’s go over some of the ways that flossing can contribute to weight loss.

3 Ways Flossing May Help You Lose Weight

  1. Cleansing the mouth. Flossing leaves your mouth feeling even cleaner than just brushing does, as it removes all of the debris lodged between your teeth. With a fresher taste in your mouth, you are less likely to go eat food. Essentially, flossing can help lower your appetite and eliminate unnecessary snacks between meals.
  2. Creating a routine. Perhaps the reason so many people avoid flossing every day is because it feels like a commitment. If you are able to work flossing into your daily routine, you will feel confident in your resolve, self control and determination. These qualities may bleed into other aspects of your life, including exercise and eating a healthy diet, which you may find easier to stick to thanks to your ability to stick with flossing.
  3. Preventing inflammation. Somewhere between 70 and 80% of Americans have some form of gingivitis, a dental disease that causes inflammation in the gums. Infection and inflammation in the mouth may be linked to weight gain, according to a study conducted on animals. Inflammation promotes stress in the body, which can prompt circulatory and metabolic issues that may hurt any attempts at weight loss. Daily flossing can easily prevent gingivitis and inflammation, allowing you to lose weight while gaining a brighter smile.

Dentist in Toccoa

To learn more about flossing, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to serving you.

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