Samin Nosrat loves going to the dentist. “As a chef, I need to make sure my mouth is squeaky clean at all times so when I taste my food, I know its tasting right!” According to Nosrat, oral health is something often overlooked by both foodie and chefs alike and can make a real difference when it comes to the taste of your food.
Samin gave us some of her top tips for getting the most out of your next meal.
Tip #1 – Be Thorough
When it comes to brushing your teeth, many people rush through it. It’s important to take your time and make sure your spending at least 30 seconds per quadrant of your mouth for a total of 2 minutes. While not only good for your oral health (cavity prevention!), this ensures that your mouth and pallet are fully cleansed and ready for the next meal.
Tip #2 – See the Dentist Regularly
Most people hate going to the dentist, but Nosrat loves it. She loves the feeling of coming out afterward knowing her teeth are squeaky clean and that her mouth is healthy. Especially for a chef – but even for foodies – having a healthy mouth and clean teeth are critical to making the most out of every meal. Easiest way to do that? See a dentist! Don’t know where to start? Opencare does the work for you and connects you with a great, verified local dentist near you.
Tip #3- Get an Electric Toothbrush
“When I made the switch from manual to electric, my dentist noticed immediately!” Samin says. Not only will your dentist notice, but so will your mouth and tastebuds. Electric toothbrushes are really good and getting to places in your mouth where you might not otherwise reach. Many toothbrushes come with a timer, so you can know you’ve spent enough time brushing. Your tastebuds will thank you!
Tip #4 – Cleanse Your Palate Before Tasting
Anything you put into your mouth stimulates your taste buds and sometimes the taste of one thing has a considerable effect on the flavor of the next thing. Therefore, to get the most out of a meal, its to cleanse your palate between courses or after spicy foods. Between courses, apples, celery or a very mild sorbet will do the trick. When it comes to spicy foods, a piece of bread should be enough.
Tip #5 – Make It a Habit
Oral care is not a one and done situation. If you want to get the most out of every meal, make sure you’re taking care of your mouth daily. This means brushing and flossing twice daily and taking the time to do it each and every time – don’t rush! Your tastebuds will thank you and so will your dentist!
So remember, if you want to make the most of your next meal, make sure you’re taking care of your mouth!
Your tastebuds will thank you🙂