There are more benefits to Keto than just weight loss

I just got back from the dentist. I go every 3-4 months to get a cleaning, scaling and general checkup. This time they did an annual check of the depth of the pockets around the gums. Deeper pockets is a sign of bone regression and is not a good thing at all. The results got me thinking of the many benefits of keto beyond weight.

The dental hygienist has always harped on me about flossing and how deep the pockets are around my teeth. Now I have been low carb/paleo for well over a decade I still had periods where I was eating less than optimal foods, sugar, teh occasional grains and sweeteners. I always had pretty good plaque buildup around my teeth and always had at least one cavity every year. The last few visits have been very different.

I have been very strict CSK style keto for the last 2 years. In this time I have not had a single cavity. The last 3 visits to the dentist she has noted that my plaque is dramatically reduced and my cleanings are getting faster and faster. What used to take 40 minutes is now down to 15. Today we did the measurements of the gums and after she showed me the difference from 2 years ago to today. Between 1 and 3 is normal depth. 2 years ago I had 75% of the pockets at a 4 or higher. Today, I had only 5 teeth with pockets above a 3. She was somewhat amazed as she said she has never really seen anyone get better. The best she hopes for is no progression. Not only has mine not progressed but it has actually improved dramatically. She said “You must be flossing like crazy and taking some kind of supplement I have never heard of.” Nope, just keto.

Next time you get discouraged because the weight is not doing what you would like, remember that there is more to being healthy than just weight. The benefits of this way of life never cease to amaze me.

Keto ON!

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