What to eat for perfect teeth?

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.’

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