Case in point: Research shows people with whiter teeth are perceived as more socially competent, smarter, more satisfied with their relationships, and more psychologically adjusted . Another study (full disclosure: It was commissioned by Crest Whitestrips) suggests that a brighter smile may lead to more success in both your professional and personal lives.
Needless to say, most people seem to be curious to find which foods and drinks lead to a more radiant smile—and which ones tint and tarnish our pearly whites. If you’re seeing tons of stains, try to cut your intake of the foods on the “naughty” list below to every other day max, says Sally Cram, a periodontist in private practice in Washington, D.C., and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. And most importantly, stay on top of your regular dental habits, like flossing daily, brushing twice a day, and popping into your dentist’s office for regular check-ups. Read on for the foods that dull your smile and which ones will make it sparkle.