Taking steps to lose weight is an admirable goal. Making the right choices when it comes to what you eat and drink can be difficult. Thankfully, this advice can not only aid you in losing a few inches off of your waistline, but it can also help your teeth. Following these tips, added with a consistent exercise routine, can not only provide you with a fitter body but, along with regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist, can give you a brighter, healthier smile.

Avoid Sodas

Did you know around 1 in 4 Americans get at least 200 calories a day from sugary drinks like soda? Not only is that a high amount of calories to intake but the amount of sugar contained in regular soda is harmful for your teeth. A typical can contains almost twelve and a half teaspoons of added sugar; well over the amount the FDA recommends that you consume in a day. Replacing soda with water will cut out the calories and help prevent cavities by washing away leftover food. It can even help remineralize your tooth enamel if it’s fluoridated.

Avoid Sugary Desserts

Many desserts, like soda, contain high amounts of calories and sugar. When you’re craving something sweet, grab a piece of sugarless gum. Not only can it help curb your appetite for sweets, chewing it can reduce your risk of cavities. When purchasing a pack of sugarless gum, make sure it has an ADA Seal of Acceptance.

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