By Anne Fritz
Whether you come by your white smile naturally or with some help from teeth bleaching products, the easiest way to keep them that way is to avoid teeth-staining foods. Dr. Jeffrey Rappaport of Lavaan Dental Spa in New York tells us some of the most common Latin ones.
A good rule of thumb: if a food could stain a white shirt, it will stain your teeth. Blame the tannins in red wine. Opt for white sangria instead - it's just as amazing.
If you can't stand to go without you daily dose, make sure it's heavy on the milk and rinse your mouth afterward.
Colas, even diet ones, can make your smile dingy. Seltzer and clear liquors will preserve your pearly whites.
Tomatoes are high on the list of teeth-staining foods. If you can't pass up the chips and salsa, take a swig of water when you're done and swirl it around your mouth.
Sure it has anti-oxidants, but the fruit will stain your smile.