Tricks to Fight Sugar Cravings

October 10, 2019

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 11:22 am

Now that it’s October, our minds immediately go to Halloween and all of the candy that we will consume. But before this happens, it might be time to step back and factor in how much sugar can have a negative impact on your smile. Our family dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop know how addictive sugar can be, so we wanted to outline some simple ways to reduce the urge to eat sugar.

Realize Cravings vs. Hunger

There’s a huge difference between craving something and generally being hungry. Reduce your sugar cravings by eating a filling, healthy meal. Cravings are simply your brain wanting some sort of reward, which is not the same as being hungry. When hunger combines with cravings, this is where people typically fall victim to their cravings. Stick to protein-rich foods to help stay fuller, longer.

Take a Hot Shower

As silly as it sounds, taking a hot shower or bath is a simple yet effective way to provide some relief from your sugar cravings. The water doesn’t need to be so hot that it burns your skin, but it should make you feel nice and toasty. Stay in for 5-10 minutes and you’ll come out feeling a bit dazed, at which point the craving will likely be gone.

Drink More Water

Too much water is never a bad thing. When in doubt, drink a glass of water (or two) before succumbing to your craving. The water could help fill you up and increase your hydration levels.
Junk food every now and then is okay, but make sure to keep sugar consumption to a minimum.

Celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 11:16 am

Our Bloomingdale and West Loop dentists love October for many reasons: changing leaves, brisk fall mornings, and because it is National Dental Hygiene Month! Dental hygiene is something that everyone should implement into their daily routines. Here are some lesser-known dental health facts to help you make the most of your time brushing your teeth.

Find the Right Brush

Have you considered the type of toothbrush that you are using? There are toothbrushes with different bristles; soft, medium and firm. Most times, we recommend that patients use soft-bristled brushes to best remove plaque and other debris inside of your mouth. Harder bristles are ideal for other situations but can cause damage if the patient uses them too forcefully.

Hold Your Brush Correctly

You should always be holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to help brush along your gum line. If you hold your brush flat against your teeth, it doesn’t help specifically target the gum line which is where most of the bacteria live.

Electric or Manual?

Many people ask our Bloomingdale and West Loop dentist if a manual or electric toothbrush is better to use. Generally speaking, manual toothbrushes are sufficient for keeping your teeth clean, but certain factors should be considered. For example, children may sometimes have a harder time brushing with a manual toothbrush, so they could benefit from an electric brush. Elderly who have hand or wrist injuries may also benefit from an electric brush.

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The ADA recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year! Schedule a reservation at Pure Dental Spa today.

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