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Why Floss and Weight Loss Are Related

Posted on 3/20/2017 by Jonathan Woodyard
A woman flossing her teeth.
You are told you should floss to clean in between your teeth. It really is the only way you can get to the food particles that inevitably get between your teeth. These are areas that your toothbrush can't reach.

Flossing goes a long way to prolonging the life of your teeth and ensuring you are reducing the potential elements that enable decay to begin. Research indicates that there is another benefit to flossing. It can help you with weight loss.

How Are the Two Related?
When you floss your teeth, not only are you removing food particles from between your teeth, but you are also removing particles that got stuck in your gums. When food particles sit on your gums, plaque forms. If it stays there a day or two it converts into tartar, which is a hardened version of plaque.

Unfortunately, it also is hard enough that your toothbrush will have a hard time removing it. This hardened plaque can irritate the gingiva, if it is near your gums. That can cause gingivitis and can result in gum inflammation. The inflammation can cause you to gain weight.

How Does Inflammation Cause You to Gain Weight?

Inflammation, no matter where it occurs in your body, can cause you problems. Inflammation affects many of your body's processes. Inflammation causes stress to your body as it scrambles resources to fight it. It affects your metabolism and when fat cells become inflamed they in turn do not control insulin as well and causes glucose to be stored as fat instead of being stored as energy.

Recent animal studies showed that when inflammation is removed the animals lose weight. The animals with inflammation were obese. When the inflammation was treated and removed, the obese and now inflammation-free animals, lost weight.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about flossing and weight loss.


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Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



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