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How Straws Can Save Your Smile: 4 Ways To Get Your Teeth Perfect For Spring & Avoid Tooth Stains

Mar 16, 2015 01:23 AM EDT
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Smile, winter is almost officially gone! But are you ready to show off those pearly whites in the warm sun?

Spring is back and that means ice coffee, smoothies, juices and fresh cocktails are here to stay! And did you know that these drinks could harm your teeth? Dr. Banker, celebrity dentist, recently told us that all of these drinks can leave permanent stains on your mega-watt smile!

Dr. Banker is a dentist to the stars and founder of Creative Dental Care, Having been featured in Shape, Details, Real Simple, Woman's Day, and Newsweek, to name a few, the pro is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Crown Counsel and has been named a top NJ dentist five years in a row.. 

And thankfully for us, Dr. Banker gave us a few tips on how to avoid harming your smile even further:

Wait to brush. If you think the solution is to brush your teeth after having coffee or juice, you're wrong!

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Dr. Banker advises to wait 30 minutes to an hour after drinking acidic beverages before brushing your teeth.

Rinse with water. Sip water directly after drinking colored drinks to keep them from staining your teeth! What a great idea!

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Drink Quickly. Dr. Banker explains that by consuming these drinks with small sips over a long period of time, teeth will be bathing in sugars, which can cause damage to your smile.

Straws are your best friends. The best way to avoid staining your pearly whites is to use a straw so the beverage does not touch and stain your front teeth.

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Which tip are you taking to get your teeth in tip-top shape?

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