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Keeping your teeth bright is a never-ending job. Brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash can help. Regular visits with Dr. Raymond Maddox at Maddox Family Dental Center will also go a long way to keeping your teeth clean and white.

Beyond that, what you eat can have a big effect on the color of your teeth. Pasta sauce, for example can discolor your teeth. Tomatoes are acidic, red, and they cling to your teeth. Instead of turning down the marinara sauce, enjoy some dark green vegetables like broccoli or spinach before the sauce. The film left by these vegetables will give your teeth a layer of protection.

Curry tastes great and adds an international flair to any dish, but its deep color can over time, discolor your teeth. Like pasta sauce, try mixing in some fresh fruits, or vegetables to help prevent stains on your teeth. Balsamic vinegar is also known to stain teeth, as are berries, coffee, soft drinks and red wine.

Watching your diet is an easy and tasty way to help keep your smile bright. If you live in the Hartford City, Indiana, area and have questions about maintaining your smile; or if it is time for your cleaning and exam, contact our office at 765-348-4111 to schedule an appointment.