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If you’ve got a beautiful smile, chances are you’ll do anything to keep it. Sometimes, though, taking care of our teeth falls to the wayside. Even if you brush every day like you’re supposed to, there are other things you can do to prevent discoloration. Here is what you need to know.

Try a Straw

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If you’re drinking anything other than plain water, it can damage the enamel on your teeth. While a straw won’t completely prevent that, it can help reduce the damage to your teeth from drinks like iced tea, soda and even lemon water. The straw will help direct the liquid back toward your throat instead of allowing it to wash over your teeth. It isn’t a foolproof method, but it can be very helpful.

Cut the Bad Habits

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Coffee, wine and smoking are all bad for your teeth. Coffee may cause a gray tone on your teeth, wine can actually stain your teeth red and smokers usually have yellow teeth (and fingernails)! They cause discoloration among many other problems. If you’re trying to make sure your teeth don’t become discolored, now is a great time to quit your bad habits. Doing this will also help you become healthier in other ways.

Whiten the Right Way

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Even though there are many DIY solutions for teeth whitening, it’s best to visit a professional dental center. Some people can benefit from basic teeth whitening while others may choose veneers that look better all around. Dentists know how to whiten teeth without causing damage. Whitening from a dentist also lasts much longer than simply using a kit at home. Talk with your dentist about follow-up care to ensure your teeth stay as white as you want them.

Use Mouth Rinse

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While it may seem like a simple step, mouth rinse can help wash away any stains on your teeth. Brushing is the easiest way to get rid of stains, but rinsing will also keep the stains at bay no matter what you do to your teeth. Consider using a mouthwash that is specifically for whitening, but keep in mind that may make your teeth more sensitive.

Whether you want to whiten your teeth for a special event or you’re looking for a more permanent solution, there are many things you can do to ensure your teeth stay as white as you want. Try different options to give yourself a better chance at white teeth.