Keepin’ your pearly whites white

Tips for maintaining white teeth

In addition to using a whitening toothpaste and an electric toothbrush (which gets into places that a manual brush might not), here are a few tips from to help keep your chompers white:

• Wait at least an hour after brushing your teeth to drink tea and coffee, as teeth are more porous and prone to staining immediately after brushing.

• Avoid strongly colored foods such as pesto and dishes containing saffron, which can stain teeth.

• Choose a mouthwash without chlorhexidine, which may stain teeth after prolonged use.

Don’t smoke—nicotine will stain your teeth faster than just about anything.