BY ALISON JOHNSON McClatchy / Tribune
Whitening strips and professional treatments aren’t the only ways to keep your teeth pearly. Here are a few tips from New Town Dental Arts in James City County, Va.:
• Keep teeth clean. Aim to brush — or at least rinse — right after eating, especially if you’ve had a food or drink that stains teeth easily (see below). Also floss daily and see a dentist regularly.
• Beware of big stainers. Berries, chocolate, coffee, tea, colas, root beer, red wine and tobacco are known for discoloring enamel, the hard outer surface of teeth. With darkening drinks, use a straw or swallow quickly to limit contact with front teeth.
• Crunch away. Hard raw fruits and vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and apples will help scrape away plaque, which makes teeth look dull.
• Supplement regular toothpaste. Use a whitening paste once or twice a week to remove surface stains. Or mix a paste of baking soda and water and brush with it a few times a week