diet-flossLosing weight can be tough. And while there’s no study or direct evidence that links dental health to successful dieting, there is anecdotal evidence to support the idea that brushing and flossing after eating can make you less tempted to snack.

It’s not always convenient to brush your teeth in the middle of the day. But even flossing after a meal can help promote good dental hygiene and also make your mouth feel cleaner, regardless of whether you’re trying to lose weight or just avoid mid-afternoon munchies.

When you do reach for a healthy snack, keep in mind that some popular choices, like pretzels or raisins and other dried fruits, are good for your health but have a tendency to stick between your teeth. Dried fruits are also high in sugar, which can cause tooth decay along with bacteria. Fortunately, flossing can help keep your teeth clean so you don’t undermine your healthy efforts with a cavity at your next checkup.

No matter what type of diet you’re following, you can keep your mouth and teeth looking and feeling great by following a regular oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing.