Sink Your Teeth Into This Dental Weight-Loss Plan: Brush Away Sweets Cravings

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, so I want to share one of my best weight-loss tips.

What’s the connection, you ask?

Two years ago, when I decided to lose an extra 10 pounds I’d been carrying around for years, I became aware of the fact that I did my worst eating after dinner. That’s when my own personal “cookie monster” would get a powerful grip on my will power and derail an entire day’s worth of good efforts.

Cookie monster had many friends — brownie monster, for example.  And brownie monster occasionally enjoyed a date night with ice cream monster.

One night after dinner, an old friend called just as we finished putting the dishes into the dishwasher.  That phone call interrupted my usual smooth transition from dishes to dessert.

By the time I got off the phone, the clock indicated it was time for the tooth-brushing phase of the evening (which usually follows the dessert phase by about an hour).  And, by the time I remembered cookie monster still owed me one, I had no desire to sully my just-brushed teeth with more food.

“Eureka!” I had found the secret to killing my after-dinner sweet cravings — and could practice good dental health at the same time. So now, my after-dinner routine is to brush and floss before dessert. It might work for you, too. Why not try it and see?

When I told my dental hygienist, Angie, about my plan for pairing dental hygiene with dieting, she agreed it was a win-win idea.

Does it work every time?  No, but it works about four nights out of five, because I’m too lazy to brush and floss a second time — and because the taste of toothpaste usually satisfies my sweet cravings.

Now, if someone would just invent chocolate-flavored toothpaste!

How do you beat your sweet tooth cravings?

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  1. I
    really enjoyed reading your blog… really very funny and useful at the same
    time. But some sweet lovers will still can’t control I think.
    The idea of chocolate flavored tooth-paste is simply awesome. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the positive feedback on my blog. You’re right, of course, that some sweet lovers will still not try to control the urge. If I could just get everyone to try this trick just once — with the idea in mind that if they still want the sweets after the brush, then go ahead.  And, I do believe it will work at least some of the time.  And, some is always better than none when it comes to good health practices.

  2. Thanks for the positive feedback on my blog. You’re right, of course, that some sweet lovers will still not try to control the urge. If I could just get everyone to try this trick just once — with the idea in mind that if they still want the sweets after the brush, then go ahead.  And, I do believe it will work at least some of the time.  And, some is always better than none when it comes to good health practices.

  3. These comments have great potential.  You must forward them to the folks at Hershey’s and Colgate — it could be the ultimate partnership.

  4. I love that trick!  Those cookie, brownie and ice cream monsters make their way to my apartment too ! What a great idea for how to deal with late-night snacking.  If you really want the dessert, you can still eat it and then brush your teeth again, but I bet that one habit would cut my after-dinner snacking by at least 25%.  Thanks for sharing!

    1. The hardest part is to just convince yourself to brush before you have the sweet.

      Don’t make the mistake of thinking of it as instead of the sweet … just before. 

      It’s the mindset that “no dessert” isn’t carved in stone that convinces me to brush before dessert.   
       
      You have to know in your heart that it will still be okay to have dessert after … but I guarantee that dessert won’t seem so irresistible after brushing!  

  5. Always take care of your teeth and brush twice a day, If you really want the dessert, you can still eat it and then brush your teeth again. Healthy teeth reflect good image.
    If you really want the dessert, you can still eat it and then brush your teeth again,

  6. Thanks for making us aware as these things are very important and necessary. I do believe it will work at least some of the time.  And, some is
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  7. I don’t. I simply give in, haha. My dentist said there is nothing wrong with eating chocolates and sweets as long as you do so in moderation. Chocolates can give us energy and trigger the release of endorphins that help us feel good. Control the intake, brush, floss, go the dentist – those are the things you have to do. You’ll have healthy teeth for a lifetime, even if you have a sweet tooth.

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