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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#HEALTHY LIVING--TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER SMILE

Do you consume copious amounts of coffee or tea? Are you embarrassed by the stains they leave on your teeth? Have you been spending huge sums on teeth whitening strips and gels to whiten your pearly not-so-whites? Here are two tricks to cut down on teeth stains.

Along with coffee and tea, juices and sodas can not only discolor your teeth but also leave them weak. An easy trick is to use a straw, directing the liquid to the back of your mouth so it doesn’t come in contact with your teeth. If you don’t have a straw handy, always swish your mouth with water after you drink any of these beverages.

Stains on teeth are bad enough, but what’s worse are foods that weaken your teeth. Carbohydrates are one of those food groups. They wreak havoc on your teeth because the bacteria in your mouth combines with the carbs to produce acids that eat away at your teeth’s enamel. Foods rich in calcium can offset this damage by boosting the levels of certain minerals that protect your teeth. One way to counteract the damage that carbs will create is to top off your meal with a piece of cheese.

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