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Can avoiding tobacco help maintain white teeth?

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Yes. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco can yellow your teeth. Kick tobacco, and you'll have whiter teeth as well as a healthier heart.

From: Tips to Brighten Your Teeth At Home WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association, “Tooth Whitening/Bleaching: Treatment Considerations for Dentists and Their Patients. 2010,” “Statement on the Safety and Effectiveness of Tooth Whitening Products. 2012.”

Cleveland Clinic: "What Teeth Whitening Options Are Available?" " Effectiveness, Risks, Safety, and Other Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening."

Harvard Medical School: "Tooth-Bleaching: Better Left Up to a Dentist."

Kimberly Herrig, registered dental hygienist, Los Angeles, California.

University of California Los Angeles: "Plaque & Calculus."

University of Utah Health Care: " Watch What You Eat After Teeth-Whitening, Expert Says."

Wake Forest Baptist Health: "Teeth Whitening."

West Virginia University, WVU Extension Service: "For a Healthy Smile, Choose Foods Carefully."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association, “Tooth Whitening/Bleaching: Treatment Considerations for Dentists and Their Patients. 2010,” “Statement on the Safety and Effectiveness of Tooth Whitening Products. 2012.”

Cleveland Clinic: "What Teeth Whitening Options Are Available?" " Effectiveness, Risks, Safety, and Other Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening."

Harvard Medical School: "Tooth-Bleaching: Better Left Up to a Dentist."

Kimberly Herrig, registered dental hygienist, Los Angeles, California.

University of California Los Angeles: "Plaque & Calculus."

University of Utah Health Care: " Watch What You Eat After Teeth-Whitening, Expert Says."

Wake Forest Baptist Health: "Teeth Whitening."

West Virginia University, WVU Extension Service: "For a Healthy Smile, Choose Foods Carefully."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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