Tricks to Fighting Sugar Cravings for Better Oral Health
Posted on 11/25/2019 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
If anyone understands the lust for sugary sweets and milk chocolates as well as other smooth textures on the palate, it is our office.
We see the results of untamed impulses on a day-to-day basis. As we approach the string of holidays towards the end of the year, it inclines us to present some tips to help you better curb and manage your sugar cravings.
Tricking Your Mind
By grabbing a toothbrush and giving a quick and light brushing. (20-30 seconds) Then follow with fluoride mouthwash. It signals to your brain the meal is over. If you don't experience that feeling, here comes the good part. By coating your teeth with mint and fluoride. The cool, clean minty flavor will ruin even the most delicious treat.
Buying time for your digestive system to signal you're full. Cinnamon can trick your body into believing you are eating a sweet meal. Grab some apples and lightly dust with cinnamon. The added benefits of apples are that their texture strengthens the gums and porous interior scrubs your teeth, cleaning while you're snacking. Many studies link cinnamon with healthy blood sugar levels.
Hydrate to Kill Cravings
Thirst is often misunderstood as a hunger craving. If you feel an impulse to consume something terrible for your diet, grab a large glass of water. Most times than not, if you hydrate and wait about ten minutes, that hunger feeling will subside. A human can survive almost 30 days without food, but less than a week without water for good reason. Start practicing staying hydrated to kill cravings.
Another great option is to have a little of your favorite treat and follow with the large glass of water. Try having a couple of squares of chocolate instead of a full bar or one cookie instead of the whole row followed by water.
These small steps in the right direction can pay huge dividends at your next visit. For more information, call us today. We are happy to assist in your oral health care.