Summertime is the best time to enjoy luscious, colorful foods and outdoor activities.  But did you know that both can contribute to dark teeth-stains?  Manhattan cosmetic dentist, Dr. Victoria Veytsman, official dentist to The Miss America Pageant, helps supermodels, Karlie Kloss and Hailey Baldwin, maintain their dazzling smiles.  Here she shares some surprising summertime favorites which cause staining to our teeth.

Dark Berries.  While they are full of antioxidants and healthy, dark berries can stain porous teeth.   Be sure to wipe teeth with a tissue and rinse after eating to minimize stains.   There are even wine wipes and white wipes that work to remove the stains and brighten after eating/drinking dark colored foods.

Swimming.  If you swim for hours each week, you could end up with spots called “swimmer’s calculus.” The high pH of the chemicals in the pool water causes proteins to harden into a dark brown tartar. Professional whitening is required.

Popsicles. Brightly colored popsicles may be refreshing on a hot summer day, but the artificial colors stain.  Make sure to brush after consuming to remove any colors.

Citrus Fruits.  Lemons, oranges and grapefruits are highly acidic and can cause discoloration because they can erode tooth enamel.   There are many products that support enamel from toothpastes to mouthwashes.  While enamel erosion can’t be undone, you can prevent.



     The Honest Company has just learned that its consumers value truth above all else.  Following a 2016 investigation conducted by The Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that the celebrity brand, founded by Jessica Alba, mislead consumers about a key ingredient found in its soaps and cleaning products.  Honest claimed that those items featured sodium coco sulfate (SCS) rather than the more toxic sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS); however, the Journal determined that  SLS is, in fact, a component of SCS.
     In response to the national class action lawsuit filed against the brand, the company agreed to pay a $1.55 million settlement. “We vigorously deny any and all allegations alleged in the lawsuit — specifically that any of our cleaning products contain SLS,” spokeswoman Karen Richman said in a statement. “However, given the fact that continued litigation could be protracted and expensive, we have settled this lawsuit to limit further costs and distraction to our business.”



In Gap‘s most recent campaign, model, Christie Brinkley, 63, actress, Priyanka Chopra, 34, and rapper, Wiz Khalifa, 29, are unified in harmony (and Gap white tees) by a film directed by Vogue U.K.’s next editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful.  Called “Bridging the Gap,” it features fourteen models (including actors, artists, and athletes) of varying ages, sexual orientations, and ethnicities wearing their personal visions of blue jeans and white t-shirts.   “The world has changed a lot so I wanted to do something that celebrates togetherness,” Enninful shares, “the idea of celebrating each other and coming together to change the world through positivity.”  While Sir Enninful, honored as a member of the Order of the British Empire, is not American, he appreciates the optimistic American style that Gap embodies, and “the simplicity of the basic white t-shirt that allows you to be yourself.”