As winter nears, snuggling up with a big cup of coffee or tea sounds like the best remedy for the cold. Sadly, this isn't the best activity for your teeth!
According to the Directors of the innovative and leading teeth-whitening brand, HiSmile, it takes more than just brushing for two minutes, twice a day to get the whitest smile possible.
Alex Tomic and Nik Mirkov have some first rate food hacks to help you go that extra mile.
Here's what to eat (and what to avoid) to brighten those pearly whites!
1. Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar
The benefits of apple cider vinegar are vast, varied and well-documented. However, the benefits for your teeth are lesser known. Alex and Nik recommend rinsing with this little miracle substance, in order to remove stains, whiten teeth and kill bacteria in your mouth.
"Try mixing two parts water, to one part apple cider vinegar, and swish around your mouth for one minute before rinsing," Alex and Nik suggest. "Follow this with your regular brushing routine in the morning."
2. Follow Citrus with Water
You may not know this, but those awesome citrus fruits - such as lemons, limes and oranges - can erode tooth enamel. While they are vital for boosting Vitamin C, Nik and Alex recommend rinsing with water after eating these acidic fruits.
3. Use a Straw
The very BEST tip, according to Alex and Nik, is to drink coloured drinks through a straw! "This can avoid it coming into contact with your teeth, especially after you've whitened them," they say. Sure, it may not be the classiest move to pull out a straw for that glass of red wine - but do try it whenever you can. It will make a world of difference.
4. Chew Those Vegetables
Crunchy foods are great for exfoliating your teeth. "Vegetables like apples, broccoli and carrots will help eliminate plaque - which is one of the biggest causes of discoloured tooth enamel," the guys say.
5. Eat Cheese
As if you needed a reason! Calcium is amazing for bones and teeth, so feel free to go nuts on the cheese, milk and yoghurt. "Not only will the added calcium keep enamel strong, but harder cheese can actually eliminate food particles that stain your teeth," Nik and Alex confirm. Um, bring on the brie, blue vein and gouda! If dairy isn't your thing, you can also go for figs, tofu or seafood. Um, bring on the brie, blue vein and gouda!