Find out how diet and lifestyle habits affect the health of your teeth, and what to do for a brighter smile. By Arissa Ha
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Discoloured teeth is often associated with poor dental hygiene, and can affect a person’s overall appearance and first impression. Mr Robin List, chief executive officer of Sylphar NV, which manufactures brands like iWhite and Remescar, shares the main culprits of tooth discolouration and tips to help you achieve a brighter smile.
1. How to keep your smile pretty and healthy: Watch what you eat and drink
“Typically, any foods and drinks that look really dark will stain your teeth,” says Robin. These include tomatoes, berries and beetroot. Even though they impede the quest for whiter teeth, some of these foods and drinks have nutritional value and shouldn’t be omitted from your diet completely. “Practise moderation. You can drink coffee, but don’t drink 10 cups,” advises Robin. It’s normal to feel the urge to brush your teeth immediately after consuming these food and drinks in a bid to reduce the damage, but the ones high in acidity, like citrus fruits and cola, actually soften the tooth enamel, making them susceptible to deterioriation. Wait for your saliva to balance out the pH level before you brush.