Seal It with a Sparkling Smile: Fresh Breath & Warm Hearts – Dr Yudelman’s Ultimate Valentine’s Day Love Tips with OptiSmile

Join Dr Clifford Yudelman from OptiSmile this Valentine’s Day for an enlightening podcast on transforming your dental health and ensuring your smile is as captivating as ever.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, discover essential tips on achieving kissable freshness, combating bad breath, and unveiling a radiant smile that’s sure to win hearts. Dr. Yudelman, a seasoned dental expert, shares his profound insights and practical advice on oral hygiene practices that are easy to follow and effective in making a lasting impression. Whether you’re preparing for a romantic evening or seeking to enhance your daily dental care routine, this podcast is your ultimate guide to oral health excellence. Don’t miss out on expert strategies for a brighter, fresher smile this Valentine’s Day. Tune in now to make your smile your most memorable accessory on this day of love.


Chapter 1: Introduction and Background

[00:00:00 – 00:02:15]

Dr. Clifford Yudelman introduces himself and recounts his lifelong aspiration to become a dentist, inspired by his father. Despite lacking confidence from peers, he persevered through his education and early career choices, leading him to practice dentistry across multiple continents.

Chapter 2: Global Dental Practice Experience

[00:02:15 – 00:03:45]

Dr. Yudelman shares his worldwide experiences in dentistry, including working in London, California, and Australia, before returning to South Africa due to a rekindled romance. He established OptiSmile and has been operating it with his high school sweetheart, now wife.

Chapter 3: Evolution of Dental Health and Disease Prevention

[00:03:45 – 00:05:57]

Dr. Yudelman discusses major changes in dental health over the years, including the shift from cavities to concerns with tooth erosion, particularly in younger generations. Despite advancements in dental care technology, he stresses the importance of fundamental disease prevention methods.

Chapter 4: Writing “Save Your Money, Save Your Teeth”

[00:05:57 – 00:07:32]

The upcoming book by Dr. Yudelman aims to educate readers on prevention rather than treatment in dental care, highlighting ways to maintain oral health and conserve finances through various methods such as fluoride toothpaste and regular dentist visits.

Chapter 5: Trust and Oral Hygiene for Valentine’s Day

[00:07:32 – 00:08:58]

Exploring the importance of trust between dentist and patient, Dr. Yudelman also provides tips for oral hygiene in preparation for Valentine’s Day and encourages smiling authentically regardless of tooth imperfections.

Chapter 6: Combating Bad Breath and Maintaining Fresh Breath

[00:08:58 – 00:12:01]

Dr. Yudelman outlines immediate and long-term strategies for managing bad breath, including tongue scraping, avoiding dry mouth, and selecting the right kinds of mouthwash and gum.

Chapter 7: Understanding Halitosis and Its Management

[00:12:01 – 00:14:36]

The doctor educates on the common origins of bad breath, typically from the back third of the tongue, and suggests ways to confirm and relieve bad breath through oral hygiene practices and the use of chlorhexidine mouthwash.

Chapter 8: Last-minute Teeth Whitening Tips

[00:14:36 – 00:19:17]

For those seeking quick teeth whitening before a romantic date, Dr. Yudelman reluctantly shares a less conventional hack using toothpaste and a toothpick, alongside more standard methods like professional cleanings.

Chapter 9: Promoting Consistent Oral Hygiene

[00:19:17 – 00:21:33]

Discussing the importance of maintaining oral hygiene beyond holidays like Valentine’s Day, Dr. Yudelman promotes regular dental visits and a comprehensive oral care routine, tailored to individual needs and circumstances.

Chapter 10: Addressing Teeth Erosion and Enamel Protection

[00:21:33 – 00:26:08]

Dr. Yudelman shares an anecdote demonstrating the damaging effects of acidic foods and drinks on teeth, advising against certain dietary habits that may rapidly deteriorate dental health.

Chapter 11: Closing and Contact Information

[00:26:08 – 00:28:50]

The interview concludes with Dr. Yudelman providing contact and appointment booking information for his practice OptiSmile, as well as pointing towards useful resources on their website regarding bad breath and further tips.



[00:00:00] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: This morning we are introducing Doctor Clifford Yudelman, who’s joining us here on Medical Monday and more specifically on the radio. We are chatting with him, and he will from today share some weekly advice on dentistry and your smile. Doctor Clifford Yudelman, of course, from OptiSmile. Doctor Clifford Yudelman, a big welcome to you. Thank you for joining us.

[00:00:28] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: Thank you for having me, Eon. It’s great to be on the show, and I look forward to further shows where we can help people out.

[00:00:37] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Absolutely. Now, doctor Yudelman, let’s get to know you a bit better. Can you share your journey that led you to practice dentistry across four continents?

[00:00:49] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: So the very beginning started, actually, in 1964. I was born in 1960. I’m the son of a dentist. I’m the middle son. One day, my dad was standing around talking to his friends and having a Scotch and making a braai, and I kept tugging on his trouser leg. And eventually, he said, what is it, my boy? And I looked up at him, and I said, Daddy, one day, when I grow up, I want to be a dentist just like you. And I never changed my mind after that. When I was in standard five, form one, form two. I wasn’t a very good student at school, actually. And, back in those days, it was like 1974, 75. You had to decide if, you know what, your career was very early. You had to decide whether you wanted to go to dental school. And, I remember, you know, going around the class at school and, they said, and, Johnny, what do you want to be? And Johnny wanted to be a doctor and then second choice, a lawyer and someone else, you know, a school teacher. And after that, you know, they went on and on. And then they said, what do you want to be? And I remember I wasn’t getting very good results at school in those days, a little bit of ADHD and being naughty and, and when, when they said, and Clifford, what do you want to be? And I said, a dentist and the whole class just laughed at me.

[00:02:15] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: And then they said, what’s your second choice? I said I’m going to be a dentist. And that’s where where it started. And it went, it went on from there. But I know that’s where it first started. And so I went to Wits, and I qualified in 1983. And I, like a lot of dentists, then went off to London. And, in those days, you could practice in all the Commonwealth countries. And I practised in London for four years. I did all my California board exams. I took a number of trips to and from America and from London, and I qualified as a dentist in California again in 1986. Wow. And I practised in California for 16 years. I had my own practice when I was 29 years old, and  I lived in America. Then, I moved to Australia in 2002 and practised in Perth for 12 years. And in 2014, my high school sweetheart showed up on Facebook. And as one does, I sent her a message. It was 37 years since we since we had been together. She answered me. We were both single, and I came straight back to South Africa. Within six months, I’d moved back here and started OptiSmile. I’ve never looked back.

[00:03:32] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Wow.

[00:03:33] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile:  It’s now over nine years and we’re now married, and I’ve got three steps kids, and she runs OptiSmile. So that’s the short story. Do you want the long version now?

[00:03:45] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: What a story. That is fantastic. Wow, what a what a journey it has been. Hey. And, you know, 40 years experience in dentistry. I think a very interesting question would be: what major changes have you observed in the field, especially regarding disease prevention?

[00:04:06] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: A number of things have happened. So my generation. So I’ll be I’m 63, most of us have lots of fillings. My dad was my dentist. I, like everyone else, used to love my techs and my Coca-Cola. And we didn’t know much about dental floss in those days. And there was no fluoride in the water. And so many people in their 50s and 60s have got these terribly big fillings and amalgams and cracking teeth and so on. But the younger generation, they, they don’t know about silver fillings and crowns and root canals, but we we’ve seen an, , an epidemic. In fact, this last dental health, , month was in September. I wrote a lot of articles, and they got published in a number of places about tooth erosion. We now seeing young people as young as 16 or 18 wearing away their teeth, and their teeth are getting shorter and shorter. So just when some things improve and there’s not a lot of cavities, there’s new things that cause problems. So we are always on the lookout for these types of things and looking for ways to prevent these. There are the basics, you know, using fluoride toothpaste, brushing twice a day, and seeing your dentist every six months or in some cases only need to go every 12 months and , so on. But yeah, we’ve seen a lot of changes with regards to prevention. , in future podcasts we can actually do one on on prevention, and I’ll be giving lots of tips about saving your money and saving your teeth. There’s a lot to talk about. There’s been been a huge nber of changes with prevention, but when it comes to actual dental dentists and dental treatment, some things have gotten a lot better and some things have become a lot worse, actually.

[00:05:57] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: And then that’s also the name of your upcoming book, “Save Your Money, Save Your Teeth”, suggesting a focus on prevention. Is this what inspired you to write this book? What can readers expect to learn from it?

[00:06:12] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: So, you know, as we have more and more technology and, and ways of treating teeth, we’ve got high tech. We’ve got 3D scanners and AI and 3D printing and so on.There are a lot of options, for treating teeth. But treatment isn’t always the best thing. Prevention always works out better. You know, they say a stitch in time saves nine. And over 40 years, I’ve had people come to me where perhaps a dentist had told them they needed. Back in the days before veneers, the dentist had told them oh, you need all your teeth capped or crowned and then maybe, you know, these days, all they need is some whitening. Or maybe another dentist might suggest veneers to straighten their teeth when perhaps 14 weeks or 20 weeks of clear aligners would straighten the teeth and then some whitening and you prevent… You don’t have to drill teeth down. So my book will will delve. I’ve already written about 180 pages, and I just keep having more and more ideas. I think it’s going to be quite a big book, actually.

[00:07:24] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Wow, I can’t wait. Is this book going to be an e-book, or are you actually going to have it printed in black and white?

[00:07:32] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: Both! I’m hoping to get it into our local bookshops. It will have a focus, especially since there will be chapters. The focus will be on what was written by South Africans for South Africans. I’m proudly South African. There will be chapters and things that will be more pertinent to people living in America and Australia. We are, you know, practising both of those. And in the UK, you know, in the UK there are things like national health, and it’s almost impossible to get in to see a dentist. Apparently, we have a lot of people from the UK coming to see us in, in Sea Point and in the, in the USA there are these things called health maintenance Organizations where you, your company, pays dentists a certain amount of money to look after your health and they spend their time basically keeping you away, because if you go in, it costs them money. So there are all kinds of pitfalls and things to watch out for as a consumer. And, you know, nobody really knows who to trust. I think people in South Africa trust their plumber in some cases more than they trust their dentist. So, I want to bring back the trust. The trust factor.

[00:08:40] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Trust is so important, and especially on Valentine’s Day, you know, how can we trust you to give us that perfect smile for Valentine’s Day approaching? Can you share any special oral hygiene tips for preparing for, a romantic evening?

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[00:08:58] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: So yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up on the 14th. And of course, you know, for some people, it doesn’t mean a lot, but for other people, it’s it’s that one day of the year that they look forward to. They’ve got a special person in their life, or they hope that this person will become their special person. And we all worry if we’re going to be going in for a kiss, that we maybe got bad breath, or that our smile isn’t looking great. So the one thing to remember when you’re sitting opposite your date is no matter how your teeth look, smiling is more than just cosmetic. It’s. You can have crooked teeth and still have a wonderful smile. You know? You smile with your eyes; you smile with your heart. And my tip for Valentine’s is… We’ll get to the bad breath in a second and the oral hygiene tips. But don’t be scared to smile even if you’ve got a front tooth that’s missing or something that you’re embarrassed about. When you smile, it shows that you are open and that someone can trust you. Also, being intimate in the way of sharing, your insecurities will draw that person closer. You know, if you’re sitting opposite someone and you’re hoping to get a kiss or to take the relationship further, just make sure you smile and you can mention something. Oh, I’ve got an appointment with the dentist next week to to fix this tooth, or I’m saving up for for Invisalign so I can straighten my teeth.

[00:10:33] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: But don’t be scared to smile no matter what your teeth look like. That’s my first thing before we talk about oral hygiene. So you’re back to the oral hygiene. It’s very important that starting from today, that you drink lots of water. Water is your friend. If you if you’re not drinking enough water, by the time Valentine’s Day comes, your mouth is dry. You drink a lot of coffee. You drink too much alcohol. You’re not drinking enough water. You got a dry mouth. Your breath will not be fresh. And also, you know, making sure that you’ve got lots of saliva in your mouth. You can chew sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum is a very good way to get your saliva going. Start today. My preferred one is .. Orbit Professional. I always have some around. I chew it all the time after meals. I’ll tell you exactly the name in a second, but chewing sugar-free gum like that really helps. Of course, you don’t want to be chewing while sitting at a wonderful dinner. It’s now just called orbit. Wrigley’s Orbit spearmint flavoured chewing g. It’s got xylitol. Xylitol is very good for your breath; if you use a mouthwash, make sure it doesn’t contain alcohol. There are a lot of alcohol-containing mouthwashes, and if you rinse your mouth with alcohol, it’s very astringent and it will dry your mouth out further.

[00:12:01] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Okay. You know, I think the thing about bad breath is the people who have it don’t always realize it. But, you get some people who are conscious about their bad breath, you know, when they get close to others, sometimes there’s another medical reason for it. What immediate steps can someone take if they’re worried about bad breath right before a date?

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[00:12:24] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: So over the years, I’ve been treating bad breath since I was in California. I was one of the early members. There’s actually a society, a bad breath international Bad Breath Society where they call it, it was called ISBOR, International Society for Breath Odor Research. And, of course, they’re not researching people with fresh breath, are they? We’re talking about bad breath halitosis. So the first thing to know is that just because you are worried that you may have bad breath doesn’t mean saying you do have bad breath. And there are machines for measuring it. But the best method to check it is called organoleptic testing. So if you have a little brother or sister, you walk right up to them and breathe in their face and you watch their expression. If your breath is really bad, they might, you know, punch you in the stomach. , your mom might not always tell the truth but don’t be overly paranoid about bad breath. Bad breath first thing in the morning is normal. It’s called morning breath. We have a tongue coating that builds up overnight, especially if we are mouth breathers.

[00:13:36] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: And so don’t be overly paranoid first check…If you’re in a relationship, if you’re married, you can ask your, husband or your wife, your partner. , you know, sweetie, you know, if I ever have bad breath, please be sure to tell me. You know, sometimes people are too embarrassed. Or if you’ve got a very close friend, if you’re in high school or university, especially if you’re a girl. Girls tend to be more honest with each other. Boys just tend to. Oh, we’re not going out with him. His breath stinks and they don’t tell each other. So if you’re a boy, you know, ask your mom. She’ll tell you. She’ll probably always say you have bad breath because she wants you to brush and floss. So. But yeah, if you do have bad breath, there are emergency steps you can take today that will ensure that by Valentine’s, your breath will be very fresh. , if we’ve got time, I can share a few with you.

[00:14:35] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Please do. Please do.

[00:14:36] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: So. 95% of bad breath actually comes from the back third of your tongue. If you breathe out through your nose, say your mom’s checking your breath, and you breathe. If you just breathe out, there might not be any odour. But as you speak, so what you want to do is, is actually count to 10 or 20. And as you speak, your tongue and your palate dries out and, and. It’s like, you know, at school, I let a stink bomb off in the boys, change room and then when the wind blows through the change room, it actually stunk out the entire school. And it’s the same with your breath. If you’ve got a stink bomb at the back of your tongue and your mouth is closed, there’s there’s no odour. If you breathe out through your nose, the odour will not come out through your nose because it’s a different pathway. If there’s odour coming out of your nose, it could be garlic or curry or perhaps you’ve got a chest infection. That’s not the type of bad breath we’re talking about. The bad breath we’re talking about here is 95% from the back third of the tongue. And people who have bleeding gs or poor oral hygiene or a broken tooth that contributes, you know, if you’ve got food, if you’ve got a bit of padkos stuck there between your upper molar and the and the next one behind it, a little bit of biltong stuck in there, or you go and you pick it out and you’re and you and your gums bleed a little and that protein or you’ve got a postnasal drip, anything with protein, you have a protein shake, you know, and it gets on the back of your tongue that stink bomb at the back of your tongue just fires up.

[00:16:06] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: And you can go from a zero to a ten in just a few seconds. So actually you want to start today. You want to scrape your tongue. That’s the very first tip. And brushing your tongue with a toothbrush is very difficult. You can gag when you brush your tongue. It’s like if you use peanut butter on the carpet and you and you go and you use a little brush, you’re just going to smoosh it in and it’s not going to all come off. But if you take a knife, I’m not suggesting you clean your tongue with a knife, but I have had a patient who once did that. So if you take a special tongue scraper, you can buy them. Dischem has them, and Clicks has them. A lot of dentists sell them. You can get them online. It’s a bit late. Valentine’s Day is around the corner.

[00:16:48] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: Or you can just get a spoon and bend it a little. A cheap one of those cheap picnic spoons that are a bit sharper. Not your good silver. Not not your mom’s nice.dining room ware . You get a very cheap, , spoon. It has to be metal. And you bend a little angle on it, and you scrape the back third of your tongue the first time you do it you’ll be surprised what comes off there. If you have bad breath, it’s like a yellow yellow brownie. Cottage cheese. I know it sounds a bit gross for people who are listening, and. And even one good scrape will keep your breath fresh for the rest of the day. So. So that’s, , you know, you’re taking out the garbage. If there’s garbage in the corner and the wind is blowing, it’s going to stink out the house. You can go and put disinfectant all over the garbage can, but unless you take the garbage out now, let’s let’s imagine now you’ve scraped your tongue and it’s nice and pink. You don’t want to overdo it. But once you’ve scraped your tongue and and it’s nice and clean, you can then use a chlorhexidine mouthwash. So chlorhexidine is a chemical that’s been used for many, many years. When surgeons go in to do surgery, when they scrub up and they put on gloves, they use chlorhexidine hand washes.

[00:18:04] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: And at dental school, we use some of this with some mint and some other things. And we made chlorhexidine mouthwashes. These days you can buy the one available in South Africa called Corsodyl. I don’t believe you need a prescription for it. One word of warning about chlorhexidine is if you use it for more than a few days, it can make your teeth stain, which is another whole story. You know, having white teeth is important on Valentine’s. It’s a bit late to go out and get them clean now, but maybe, if you get lucky on Valentine’s, you might quickly book an appointment and really take advantage of your new relationship and go and get your teeth nice and clean and maybe get them whitened if they are yellow. But yeah, back to chlorhexidine. Don’t use it for very long and also it will make your beer taste funny. Strong chlorhexidine you need a very weak chlorhexidine. You can even dilute it and don’t overdo it. You need 1 or 2 rinses with this per day, just for a very quick thirty second rinse. And I guarantee if you had a very bad, case of bad breath…your bad breath will be 95% better just with those two tips alone.

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[00:19:17] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Wow, that’s very, very nice. Any quick fixes to to make your teeth whiter? Let’s say you can’t get to a dentist in time before Valentine’s Day. Have you got any life hacks?

[00:19:30] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile:  I think if dentists are listening to this, they’re going to freak out. I probably shouldn’t say it on the air.

[00:19:38] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: How about.

[00:19:38] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: But sometimes people. Sometimes people come in for cleaning because they drink a lot of Americanos or espressos, like myself. And their teeth underneath are quite white, but they’ve got surface stains. In that case, a quick polish. If you can get in with a dentist, maybe you need a good 1 to 1.5 hour clean, but perhaps a dentist can get you in for a for a quick polish. You promise them your book for a full clean, soon. And, that’s not the part that I thought the dentist might hate. The the hack that I’m going to talk about is, is if you use a toothpick or you break a I don’t know if they still sell matches. I think everyone uses vapes or cigarette lighters these days, but those good old lion matches like a little square piece of wood, they won’t damage your enamel. And you can put a bit of toothpaste on the end of the not the obviously not the lighting end, but the the other end. The wooden end.

[00:20:36] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: I would hope so.

[00:20:37] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: If you gently, if you gently, if you gently buff your teeth. Don’t use a nail file. Don’t do anything stupid. Of course, when as soon as you finish listening to the show, go and buy a new toothbrush. Always buy a soft toothbrush. Floss your teeth for the next few days. But. But definitely don’t floss your teeth right before your Valentine’s Day. Floss them first thing in the morning, and don’t floss again when you floss. If your oral hygiene hasn’t been good or your gs are a bit swollen, when you floss, you’ll cause bleeding, and you can just Google how to floss on YouTube. Should I say there’s hundreds of very good videos?, you don’t have to go to a dentist to learn how to floss, but don’t floss right before your date. If your gs are oozing or bleeding and your tongue isn’t 100% clean, your breath won’t be very fresh.

[00:21:33] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: These are some really great tips, you know? But, , I think oral hygiene is so important. Just even beyond Valentine’s Day. It shouldn’t just be, you know, this time of year. So how can individuals maintain that moment of good oral hygiene practices right throughout the year?

[00:21:52] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: So that’s a that’s a good one. , Eon, thanks for asking that. , so obviously I’m going to encourage people to go to the dentist. , your dentist, when it comes to oral hygiene, is the best person to advise anything on my podcasts. , is just general advice. It’s not a I’m not consulting. This is just conser information. It shouldn’t be taken as as, , a dentist patient relationship. So always check with your dentist. Some dentists in bigger practices have got oral hygienists. And once the dentist has checked your teeth, the oral hygienist can spend a good, thorough cleaning. Should take at least 45 minutes to an hour. There might be dentists listening who don’t agree, and they think a good like a quick 10 or 20 minute job will do it. If every time you go to the dentist it is only 10 or 20 minutes and there’s very little bleeding and there’s no stain and and you’re in and out and the insurance ends up paying for it. If you have medical aid, you might ask the dentist, do I really need to come every six months? Maybe you only need to go every year or year and a half.

[00:23:06] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: If you’ve never had a cavity, you know that’s going to be in the book. Save your money, save your teeth. Maybe you don’t have to go to the dentist every six months, but we get a lot of people at optimal who haven’t been for six years or one case. I had a patient, , who had never, ever been to the dentist. In fact, I’ve had that more, more than one time. And sometimes patients who’ve never been to the dentist have got perfect clean, healthy teeth and other people, obviously, it’s just a complete mess. So, you know, there’s the obvious the brushing, the flossing, fluoride toothpaste, drinking lots of water, chewing sugar free g after meals, , healthy diet, , obviously avoiding too many carbonated beverages. So even Diet Coke will will cause erosion of your teeth and anything sour. One of my pet peeves is, is this hot water and lemon in the morning? I know it’s supposed to be good for your system, but it just dissolves your teeth. And that’s that’s a bigger problem these days.

[00:24:10] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: I didn’t know and some people even add. Apple cider vinegar. I was wondering how good that is for. For your teeth?

[00:24:16] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: Yes. No, for your teeth. It’s it’s terrible. It’s it’s so bad. I, , in fact, , just last year, early in the year, we had done a full, a full mouth, , restoration for a patient. He had had Invisalign. He had some old silver fillings that were doing fine. We left them alone. You know, one of those little fillings on the side of his teeth. And we had done injection molded composite. We had built up all his front teeth and all the composite. And the ceramics are they’re not they don’t melt, or they don’t get eroded by acid. But he came back, , just about nine, ten months later and he said this, this silver filling on the side of the tooth is falling out. And I looked, and I used a microscope, and I had a look, and his teeth appeared to have melted, and the filling was sticking out of the tooth. So we have these 3D scanners. And I scanned his teeth with a very accurate 3D scanner. It’s like a digital impression. And then I compared it against his scan that we took before we we did all these composite, , injection molding. And it’s something called time-lapse. With this eye and with this technology, we overlaid these two scans, and it looks like a heat map. And he had lost just under a millimeter, about 0.7 of a millimeter of tooth on almost all surfaces. And the filling was in the same place that it was before. And this was from he went on a health health binge, and he was juicing a lot. And, and, you know, after apple cider vinegar and lemon and chewing on lemons, he was he was crunching on carrots and very hard things and, and he literally any tooth that we hadn’t restored with composite or ceramic, even some of the teeth where we had done ceramic, where he had his own tooth, you know, next to the ceramic, the actual tooth was melting away.

[00:26:08] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Yo, that is hectic. And, , on that note, , that’s, , our medical, , Monday session for today when it comes to teeth. Doctor Clifford Yudelman, thank you so much. This was very, very nice. And I’m looking forward to, , the same next week. Same time, same place. , tell us quickly how do we find optimal and how do we get in touch?

[00:26:32] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: So If you just Google I say this tongue in cheek, but if you just Google best dentist Cape Town I hope we show up. Our ad should show up. We should show up on the map and we should show up nber 1 or 2 at the top. Our phone nber is 08 7702 6886. The best is to WhatsApp us. We now have a chat bot with a lot of useful information on there, , on our WhatsApp and we also man it not quite 24 seven, but you just click an option, speak to receptionist or speak to han. Our WhatsApp number is 07 1140 0396 on our website. It’s very, , phone friendly. At the top of every page you can book an appointment. You can book a free video consultation if you’re planning on coming in. But you come from far away, like London or Timbuktu or in some cases, you know, up the West coast or even people coming seeing us from Durban. We do a free video consultation and you get to speak to myself or one of the other dentists for, for up to half an hour, and we don’t charge for that. You fill in a new patient form, you send us a few photos and we get on a, on a zoom, , or a Google meet, and we send you a full smary afterwards.

[00:27:58] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Sure. That’s a very nice service, doctor. Thank you so much for your time and for sharing your knowledge with us. Looking forward to next week.

[00:28:06] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: Yes. Thank you so much. And just one last thing is, if you go to our website and you go to along the top, there’s dental solutions, dental technology and dental problems. There’s a drop down, , where you can click. The very first thing is bad breath. And a lot of the stuff that we just spoke about is on the website under bad breath. And then there’s also like a magnifying glass. And if you put you type in there, breath, you’ll find several blog articles that I’ve written over the years, , with this and many more tips on there.

[00:28:43] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Excellent. Thank you so much. Much appreciated.

[00:28:46] Dr Clifford Yudelman OptiSmile: Thank you for having me on the show, and I look forward to speaking to you next week.

[00:28:50] Eon Engelbrecht E-Radio-SA: Absolutely. So thank you.

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