Certain foods will stain your teeth as easily as a new puppy will stain the carpet. The culprits include red wine, coffee, tea, blueberries, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, and grape and cranberry juice.
We don't want you to avoid these foods because of their obvious health benefits, but here's how to combat their staining ways:
- When you eat staining foods, keep a glass of water handy. Swishing and sipping after every couple of bites or slurps will help decrease the chance of staining.
- Never skip a bedtime brush, and brush your teeth as soon as possible after a staining meal. Here's where a travel toothbrush comes in handy.
- Add stain-fighting foods to your meals. Some foods can actually remove tooth stains, or help prevent them. Apples, celery, and carrots act as a natural stain remover, while greens such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce create a film over your teeth and act as a barrier against staining.
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