When sitting down to a sushi dinner, the last thing you want to think about is what kind of havoc it may wreak on your teeth. Still, dark-colored condiments like soy sauce, as well as tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar, have serious staining potential.
No need to give up your favorite cuisines, though -- you can undo some of the damage while you eat. Gregg Lituchy, DDS, a cosmetic dentist and a partner at Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor in New York City, recommends chewing raw, crunchy vegetables or fruits like celery, carrots, and apples to help mechanically remove surface stains.
You can also scrub teeth with a paste made from apple cider vinegar and baking soda to remove stains: Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of baking soda -- the resulting mixture should be about the consistency of toothpaste. Dr. Lituchy also suggests gargling with a glass of water spiked with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to help loosen stains, but make sure to rinse with plain water afterward to prevent enamel erosion.
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