Great Smiles - January 2020




nowadays, excess cortisol can cause unwanted belly fat, even if you’re eating healthy foods. That’s where I come in. Here at Great Smiles NJ, my team and I specialize in diagnosing and treating sleeping disorders. We can even custom fit you with an oral sleep appliance that will make it easier to breath, sleep, and lose weight! Another barrier to weight loss that we can help you with is gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that leaves you with red, swollen gums. That kind of inflammation in the body is a stressor that can send your system into an emergency response mode, affecting everything from your appetite to your metabolism. By treating your gum disease and reducing that inflammation, we can help you shed pounds. Working in the health care field, I’ve also picked up a few other tips for reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. Apart from visiting your dentist, try these tricks to reach your goal in 2020.

Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? If you do, then odds are one of the things you’ve considered resolving to do in 2020 is drop a few pounds. There’s absolutely no shame in that. We’ve all been there! In fact, according to a Statista survey, losing weight, exercising more, and eating healthier were all among the most popular resolutions for 2019, and a lot of my patients have mentioned similar goals. I think resolutions are positive things to create, but the trouble is that few people stick with them. When it comes to seeing our resolutions through, we can use all the help we can get, even if it comes from unexpected sources — like your dentist! As hard as it might be to believe, coming in to see me might actually help you lose weight this year. More factors go into weight loss than just diet and exercise, and one of the most important ones is sleep. Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your weight loss journey by disrupting your digestive system. If you have a breathing problem like snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome, or sleep apnea, it’s likely interrupting your sleep, which increases your stress and causes your body to release cortisol. Unfortunately, excess cortisol stimulates glucose production, which ends up creating stored fat. It’s a survival response that worked great back in our hunter-gatherer days, but

drinks like tea and coffee can dehydrate you, so always drink an extra cup of water to compensate for a cup of either of those drinks. Also, make sure to drink a glass of water after carb-heavy meals. It’s good for you, and you can use it to rinse your mouth and get leftover sugars (which are created when your saliva touches carbs) off of your teeth. multitasking. Instead, maintain a singular focus on every task you handle and make time to relax with your loved ones. This will give your mind time to recharge, and you won’t end up too exhausted and burned out to stick to your weight loss resolution. When it comes to weight loss, the bottom line is that you need to look at the big picture to make it happen — and that includes your teeth! If you think my team and I can help you start the new year off right, call us at 908-561-0225 or visit 2. Don’t go overboard with

1. Drink plenty of water! Proper hydration speeds up your

metabolism. The best rule of thumb is to take your weight, divide it by two, and then drink that number of fluid ounces of water each day. Also, remember that caffeinated

To your great smiles and better health,

–Dr. Michelle Wedd le

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