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Thank God for xylitol gum and face masks because that acidity and bad breath can be curbed … and the added benefit? Less cavities! With less cavities, you can invest in minor restorations or in-office whitening instead of the drilling, filling, and dreaded root canals. As research now suggests, cavity bacteria (and even cancer cells) love sugar, and an unhealthy diet and lifestyle © Mimagephotography | Dreamstime.com can wreak havoc on your oral health. Halitosis is often due to underlying gum disease or cavities and rampant decay that can lead to detrimental health issues and even the permanent loss of teeth, gums, and bone structure.

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IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT ANYONE GETS EXCITED ABOUT BAD BREATH, BUT MAN THIS DENTIST IS NOW A LOVER OF SOME KETONE-INDUCED HALITOSIS! Especially since

25 pounds ago I was sleeping terribly, could not fit into my old maternity bathing suit, and was about to put myself in a dental sleep apnea device. No amount of exercise and healthy reduced calorie “nutrition programs” touched the rolls my daughter called her “little sister.” Granted, the scrubs I wear to work are kind of like pajamas so I hid it well, but in my heart I wanted to feel light as I played soccer with my son and unburdened with the exhaustion of the extra weight at the end of the work day. Now that my children were all toilet trained and I was about to hit 40, I set a goal for myself to lose 15 pounds in 40 days. No sooner had I decided on this particular goal did I begin hearing different comments about a ketogenic diet. At church, our pastor, Steven Furtick, made jokes about keto and paleo eating plans in his sermons and many of my friends, even the ones who ran marathons, bragged about their diets of unlimited bacon consumption! So, I told my husband all I wanted for my birthday was his help making keto meals and we were off !

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AS RESEARCH NOW SUGGESTS, CAVITY BACTERIA (AND EVEN CANCER CELLS) LOVE SUGAR, AND AN UNHEALTHY DIET AND LIFESTYLE CAN WREAK HAVOC ON YOUR ORAL HEALTH.

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Here are a few words of advice before embarking on any change to your eating plan: ALWAYS consult a physician before making major changes in your diet and, from my own personal experience, have some chicken broth on hand during the first three days of a ketogenic eating plan. The chicken broth will help in case you have to endure some of the keto flu symptoms or the keto migraine, which can be common as your body switches from burning sugar for energy to burning fat for energy. Another tip is to start on a Thursday evening so you have some weekend time to rest if you do experience some of the effects of the switch. Grab the keto urine test strips off Amazon so that you can celebrate when that test comes up pink and you’ve accomplished the first goal of ketosis. I can’t say enough about the positive changes I have experienced personally that translate to caring for my patients daily! So, have some bacon and eggs for breakfast, grilled chicken and salad for lunch, and while you’re here for that cleaning you’ve needed for a while, ask me about my special keto creamy divine chia secret recipe! w L K N e x p e rt

Dr. Amanda Kotis and her team at Kotis Family Dentistry in Statesville can be reached at 704.873.4271. They are located at 1207 Davie Avenue, or visit them now at www.KotisFamilyDentistry.com. WRITER DR. AMANDA KOTIS

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