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I could be writing an article about the benefits of coffee… I live off of it, it picks me up after yet-another sleepless night of toddlers sneaking into our bed, but it also really stains my teeth.
No matter how much I love coffee (and I am nowhere close to giving it up), I do enjoy white teeth. If you’re like me – haven’t slept through the night in 7 years and find yourself drinking too much coffee, tea, or red wine (we’re not kidding anyone here!) – here are some of the ways I use to maintain a white smile!
It is known that if you drink or eat staining foods, the benefits of tooth whitening can disappear as quickly as in one month. I typically like to whiten my teeth every 3 or 4 months, and be very diligent in between in order to extend the treatment life.
Happy reading and don’t forget to share your own tips!!
1- Quality Teeth Whitening
Because staining is inevitable, I like to use teeth whitening 3 or 4 times a year. I am very cautious with the product that I put on my teeth and have always been a little paranoid about damaging my enamel – we only have one pair of teeth, right?
I have found White with Style to work really well and their product is gentle on the teeth, while removing the unwanted stains. I recommend being careful not to apply product to the gums.
Other than that, I like that they are gluten-free, cruelty-free, and vegan and that 30 minutes is really all I need to see a real difference. My teeth always come out whiter and shinier!
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2- Mouth Care
I know you’ve heard it, but the best way to keep your teeth from staining is to have great mouth hygiene by:
- brushing teeth twice a day – within an hour of eating for full benefits
- flossing at least once a day
- brushing or rinsing immediately after consuming the stain-causing beverages or food
- eating a sugar-free gum after eating when you don’t have access to a toothbrush – after lunch at the office for example
- avoid snacking throughout the day since you set a whole new hour of mouth bacteria every time you put something in your mouth…
3- Choosing The Right Toothpaste
WebMD is recommending to use a whitening toothpaste, but only once or twice a week, to prevent yellowing and to remove surface stains. We love THIS ONE with activated charcoal and organic coconut oil!!
The rest of the time, use a regular toothpaste.
4- Eat Saliva-Triggering Foods
I mentioned chewing gum earlier. Do you know why and how gum truly cleans your teeth? It is a lot less magical than you think – chewing gum has your mouth salivate. In doing so, you are getting rid of food debris faster and you neutralize the acid that causes tooth decay – hence chewing a sugar-free gum right after eating for the greatest benefits!
Other foods triggering lots of saliva include: celery, apples, pears, and carrots. Not only does this benefit my teeth, but my entire body thanks me!
5- Stay Away From Tooth-Staining Foods, Drinks, And Activities
Here is a list of foods, beverages and activities that stain teeth. I am not preaching to quit coffee – I know I would turn into a scary momzilla and we don’t want that. What I do, however, is brush my teeth immediately after eating those, or rinse my mouth with water if I don’t have access or time to brush my teeth!
- red wine
- cranberry / grape juices
- dark sodas
- blueberries / blackberries / beets
- smoking / chewing tobacco
- limit sugars as they support the bacteria that cause plaque and gingivitis
6- Eat And Drink Calcium-Rich Foods
Outside of superficial tooth staining, all of us experience enamel eroding as we age. As the enamel erodes, it exposes the yellow dentin below.
But we can strengthen our enamel by drinking and eating calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese, yogurts, and broccoli!