What to eat for perfect teeth

12.02.2018
Over the past few months, doctors, models and personal trainers have come out and shared their typical day on a plate in a bid to inspire others. 
And now a Sydney-based dentist has shared his daily diet and exercise regime with the world. 
Dr Lewis Ehrlich, a holistic dentist and former professional soccer player, runs the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre and focuses on the link between oral health and 'overall wellbeing'. 
 
Speaking to nutritionist Jessica Sepel, Dr Ehrlich said he wakes up each morning at 6am before enjoying a quick shot of apple cider vinegar. 
Afterwards he cooks up an omelette with lots of vegetables which takes him through to lunch.
'For lunch I'll tend to have a salad with some veggies and some chicken or another protein and or an afternoon snack I will normally have some nuts and dark chocolate,' he said. 
 
After work, Dr Ehrlich will enjoy some exercise - be it a 'hard workout', a light jog or walk, a swim at the beach, a yoga class or some time in his infrared sauna. 
'I will then eat my dinner, which is usually lots of veggies and a moderate amount of fish, chicken or red meat. I have a dark chocolate addiction so it is rare that I don't have a couple of pieces after dinner as a treat,' he said.  
'Sleep is the most important part of my day so I will be in bed by 9.30 and asleep by 10.30 at the latest. On weekends I will tend to do my workouts early in the morning.'
 
Dr Ehrlich said he 'can't live without' eggs, vegetables and dark chocolate and usually opts for almonds, celery and carrot sticks for snacks.  
Despite being a dentist, he is all about balance and urges people to never become 'obsessed with being perfect'. 
'Always allow yourself a little indulgence every day,' he concluded. 
Taking to his Instagram recently, Dr Ehrlich said he adores green tea and the benefits it has on healthy gums and breath.
 
'Green tea is rich in health-promoting flavonoids, including catechins which have an antioxidant and anti-cancer effect in the body,' he said. 
'From an oral health standpoint, green tea catechins have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria that are involved in gum disease.  
'Green tea polyphenols also have a deodorising effect in the mouth and reduce the amount of volatile sulfur compounds which contribute to bad breath.'
 
How do you prevent alcohol and soft drink from ruining your teeth? 
The lower the pH of a drink, the more chance there is of your teeth eroding. 
The pH of water is about 7 and the pH of stomach acid is about 2. 
Tooth enamel can start to dissolve at around pH 5.5.   
Coca Cola:  2.7
Orange Juice: 3.4
Sparkling Mineral Water: 3.7 
Gatorade: 3.3
Wine: 2.3 - 3.8
Beer:  4.0 - 5.0
Black coffee: 2.4 - 3.3 
Cranberry Juice: 2.3 - 2.5
 
 How to reduce the chances of enamel damage:
- Load your glass with ice cubes to increase the water content 
- Consume water straight after drinking 
- Chew healthy hard foods that stimulate saliva like nuts, carrots and celery 
- Chew sugar-free gum 
- Wait 30 minutes before brushing
- Apply a toothpaste-like cream containing CPP-ACP like Tooth Mousse before sleep.

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