It is needless to say a pearly white smile is something we all are after and can play a huge role in our self-confidence. If your teeth just aren't shining how you want them too and you can’t seem to figure out why you may be consuming a few items on the naughty list. Here are a few foods and beverages that may be staining your teeth, and a few that aren’t! 

First up is coffee… sorry! I know most of us are coffee addicts and can’t get our day started without it, believe me, I’m with you! Coffee contains tannins (a type of polyphenol)that cause color compounds to stick to your teeth and leave them looking more yellow. A few recommendations for keeping your teeth up to par are drinking your coffee in one sitting rather than throughout the day, avoiding sugary add-ins like creamers and syrups, drinking water directly after your coffee, and using a straw to drink your coffee to avoid direct contact with your teeth. 

Next is soda. Soda is especially dangerous for your teeth because along with being insanely sugary, soda is also carbonated. Carbonation will create hold in your teeth and can leave them even more vulnerable to stains. Like coffee, the dye in soda can also cause your teeth to turn yellow or even a brown hue. Try to limit your soda intake as much as possible, especially if you are consuming other products that also stain your teeth. 

If your teeth have turned a shade of gray, red wine may be the culprit. The same tannins we see causing stains in coffee are also present in wine. Limiting exposure to red wine is probably the best advice for limiting these kinds of stains. In addition, even white wine isn't safe. Sadly, white wines aren’t the safest either. The acid content in the wine allows the darker colored beverages and foods to sink deeper into the tooth, thus developing the stains further.

Many dark-colored fruits can also cause tooth stains. For example, pomegranates, blueberries, and blackberries, though beautiful in color may not be so beautiful on your teeth. Basically, if it will stain your clothes, it will stain your teeth. On the contrary, strawberries are a great way to whiten your smile. Strawberries contain magic acid which can help the appearance of whiter teeth. 

Time for the good news! Apples, carrots, and celery act as natural stain removers. These fruits and vegetables increase saliva production, which serves as a natural mouthwash and will wash your teeth clean naturally. Do you know what else helps? Klen products! We have two different product lines, but the one that is best for whitening teeth is our Klen & White kit which includes our Natural Mint Toothpaste, Natural Mint Mouth Rinse, and our Tongue Cleanser. These three products are key for a white, confident smile! Our Natural Mint Toothpaste fights bad breath, is fluoride-free, non- stripping, and whitens teeth naturally. Our rinse is naturally flavored with essential oils, free of dyes and colors has a balanced PH for a healthy mouth environment, is vegan & cruelty-free as well as paraben and fluoride-free! Lastly, our Tongue Cleanser helps rid the mouth of unwanted bacteria. The combination of these products results in a whiter, more confident smile!

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