Most people would like to have pearly white Hollywood teeth, but whitening treatments can prove costly.
There are steps people can take however to ensure their teeth remain bright and white without spending money, simply by altering their diet.
Canwest News Service has spoken to dentists and come up with ten food-related ways to keep teeth gleaming, starting with eating a variety of things from all nutritional groups.
In addition, there are a number of specific food and drinks that can help, such as cranberry juice, which is known to reduce the risk of gum disease.
Eating a piece of low-fat cheese after a carbohydrate-rich meal could act as a natural teeth cleaning, while probiotic foods such as yogurt are thought to inhibit the growth of oral bacteria.
Meanwhile vitamin C, which can be found in many fruits, is important in maintaining gum health, as can the Omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish. Calcium, which is found in dairy products, is key for helping children's teeth grow strong.
Finally, chewing sugar-free gum increases the flow of saliva, which protects the mouth, although excessive chewing can wear down teeth.
In addition to eating the right foods, regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing will help to keep teeth pearly white.
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