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Let’s say you and your coworker both grab cups of coffee when you get into the office. You drink your whole cup in five minutes, but your coworker takes his time and finishes the same amount of coffee in two hours. Lucky for you, Estafan says that your teeth will be the less-stained ones. Since your coworker exposed his teeth to the coffee for a longer period of time, his will be more stained. Wash even more particles away by following that quick cup with a glass of water. Just don’t burn yourself.
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This tip is admittedly controversial. The acid in apple cider vinegar can whiten teeth and remove stains, but it can also cause erosion. It’s especially hard for dentists like Estafan to gauge its risks and benefits without knowing the acid concentration, how long a person swishes it, and how often he or she swishes. Use caution until researchers make definite conclusions about this method. And consider these other uses for apple cider vinegar.
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Conquer coffee breath and clean your teeth at the same time. Chewing gum increases the amount of saliva in your mouth, and saliva washes away acids and plaque from your teeth. According to the American Dental Association, chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating can help prevent tooth decay.