Good dental hygiene is one of the most important things in regards to your overall health. Brushing your teeth only a few times a day can save you from dental cavities as well as various other diseases that affect the teeth and gums. Recently, people have started to claim that this is not the only thing that brushing your teeth helps. Some of them claim that brushing your teeth also affects your appetite. For some people, it reduces it completely, while for others it starts stimulating them to eat more. These effects are especially noticeable during nighttime, when people have sugar cravings.
Basically all of this seems to be connected more to your brain than to brushing teeth. It is more down to the way we have conditioned ourselves to certain behaviors. People are creatures of habit, and this is just one habit that is more pronounced than others. Studies on this phenomenon are superficial at best, and this makes sense as this is not a subject matter that affects many people.
Still, there are things that may potentially affect your appetite after brushing teeth. Specifically, the flavor of the toothpaste a person uses. Most of the toothpastes around today have mint as their flavor. Mint is usually used as something to refresh yourself after a hardy meal. But these toothpastes can also be sweet, and that sensation might start up your appetite when you otherwise feel satiated. Again, researchers have looked into this, and what they found is that the amounts of flavor in a toothpaste are barely enough to make you hungry. If there were additional stimuli like an aroma or strong scent it can potentially push you to hunger, but it is unlikely.
Lastly the effect on our taste buds is also something that needs to be considered. Most toothpastes contain sodium laureth sulfate. This compound makes the toothpaste foamy, but it also acts as a suppressant for the sweetness effect of the paste on our taste buds. This same compound also intensifies the bitter taste of the tooth paste. This is why citruses like oranges or grapefruits taste so strange immediately after brushing your teeth. This in turn may be the reason you lose your appetite, as the brain remembers the unpleasant sensation after you eat one of these fruits immediately after brushing your teeth.
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