Chef Aida Mollenkamp has a lot to smile about, thankfully!
As a celebrity chef and writer for various publications including CHOW, Mollenkamp is always thinking about food. Aida's first Food Network series, the interactive cooking program Ask Aida, began airing on 2008 and filmed three seasons, and her second show was FoodCrafters for Food Network’s new sister network, Cooking Channel. She is also an author of a book, Keys To The Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming A More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook.
In an event hosted by Rembrandt at Haven's Kitchen last week, Mollenkamp shared some of her tips on preventing stains on teeth, as we snacked on everything from chocolate to post-prandial gummi bears and chocolate covered espresso beans (needless to say, these are not terribly good for your teeth). Here are a few of her tips for a whiter smile:
- "An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, but it's really good for your teeth," says Mollenkamp; "If you're in a situation where you cannot brush your teeth, eat an apple."
- Balsamic vinegar and beets do stain your teeth, but that doesn't mean giving them up; just brush your teeth, floss and maintain them in a healthy way;
- If you eat or drink something stain-inducing, drink water with it and swirl it around your mouth. This prevents the stains from building up;
- Shy away from too much coffee, teas and sweets;
- If you're not flossing and taking care of your gums and mouth, then you're just doing the aesthetics, says Mollenkamp;
- If you're cooking, plan ahead for the week (like soup on a Sunday etc.), and plan for foods that are not terribly concentrated for teeth staining.
I really love Rembrandt's toothpaste: it's a far cry from the stronger toothpaste brands I've tried, and the Rembrandt Intense Stain strips are definitely mild and more forgiving than Crest 3D Whitestrips. Thankfully, the strips are so easy to use and apply while on the go and you won't notice them, so if you feel that your teeth really need a little more TLC, give them a whirl!