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Thu, August 7, 2014

9 Foods That Stain Our Teeth



On a daily basis, we consume an array of foods that really do have an effect on the color of our teeth.  Sometimes, you can’t avoid these foods—and many of them are healthy choices, like fresh summer fruits and berries. But there are some things you can do to help fight stains. First, don’t let stain-causing foods and drinks stay in your mouth for long. Instead, chew and swallow them quickly to help protect your teeth. It’s also important to rinse and brush after eating.
Another tip is to use a straw, so that liquids are kept away from your teeth, which reduces the risk of staining. While iced coffee and tea are easy to drink through a straw, hot beverages and wine are more difficult. Be sure to rinse with a sip of water in between and after drinking.

Balsamic vinegar
Balsamic vinegar sticks to your teeth, which can cause discoloration. Stick to salads with balsamic vinegar because the lettuce can serve as a barrier to the dark pigments.

Soy sauce
The pigment in soy sauce adheres to your teeth, causing stains. If you’re eating sushi and soy sauce, drink some green tea or water in between bites.

Ice pops
This summertime treat is full of dyes that can stain your teeth. The sugars and cold temperatures make your teeth more susceptible to staining.

Tomato sauce
Deep red tomato sauce is full of flavor, but it’s also full of highly acidic tomatoes, which can cause unsightly stains. Before you dig into your pasta, eat a spinach salad first, which will form a protective layer on your teeth.

Tea
Tea has many great health benefits, but black teas and other dark-hued teas can stain. Try adding some milk into these dark teas or sticking to green, white or herbal teas.

Berries
Berries like blueberries, blackberries, cherries and other brightly colored fruits can stain teeth. The juices from berry pies or tarts can also cause discoloration. Opt for light-colored grapes instead, or just be sure to brush and floss because the acidic components can harm tooth enamel.

Red wine
Who can resist a glass of red wine with a nice dinner? Just make sure to drink water and swoosh it around in your mouth in between sips, because the acidic content of red wine can cause staining and wear away tooth enamel.

Hard candy
You know how candy sometimes turns your mouth and tongue a different color? Well, it does the same to your teeth. Eat these candies in moderation to avoid permanent staining.

Coffee
Dark roast coffee is a known teeth-staining culprit. Add milk or cream to help dilute some of the pigment, and make sure to drink water afterwards.

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Kathy Keene's Bio
Birthplace: Eagle River, WI (Located in God's Country, North of the Tension Zone!)

Family: Married 45 years to hubby Ken. Have added a new addtion to our family this year. On January 9, 2012, we adopted a three year old little girl cat from the Fox Valley Humane Assn. Her name is Grizabella from the Broadway musical CATS. We call her Belle. Also have numerous birds and wildlife in my backyard that love to frequent my ground feeder.

What I Like About My Job: Interacting with people. I'm a people-person and find hosting The Good Neighbor Show fascinating and challenging. I love helping people.

Favorite Activities and Interests: I love collecting antiques, quilting, reading, hosting cruises and motorcoach trips, spending time with my friends, trying new things, but most of all traveling and discovering new and interesting places in the US, Canada and Europe. Favorite place to visit is Alaska, one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Favorite Music: I like the oldies and big band music; some jazz with lots of saxophones. Frank Sinatra to Willie Nelson, the Mama Mia Soundtrack and throw in some good old country music and I'm a happy camper.

Favorite Movies: Seabiscuit, A Murder of Crows, The Red Violin, and Shall We Dance. I also like action films and a good love story that makes you cry at the end.

Favorite TV Shows: Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, Project Runway, Revenge, Harry's Law, Shark Tank, American Idol, America's Got Talent and Jeopardy. Also enjoy the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime Newwork.

Favorite Books: To name a few, I like anything written by Iris Johanson, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Harlan Coben and David McCullough (Pathway to the Seas: The Building of the Panama Canal and The Great Bridge: The Building of the Brooklyn Bridge)

Little Known Fact About You: I'm fun to be around, love people, enjoy laughing and traveling. I would make a great "forever" friend.

Favorite Moment In Radio: There are numerous moments but I would have to say interviewing some of the great stars and people we all know. Introducing Red Skelton to a packed auditorium when he was in town. Had the chance to chat with him back stage and what a great entertainer and human being. Phyllis Diller was a hoot as was Tiny Tim. And how can you forget Myron Floren from the Lawrence Welk show, Aaron Nevelle, Charles Osgood and so many more I can't remember!

Anything Else You Think We Should Know: YES - I'm celebrating 31 years in radio this year, 2012! Shouldn't I be getting some kind of award for this??
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