People in Taiwan often comment on my teeth and how white and nice they look.
Well, I don’t drink a lot of coffee or tea (people here in Taiwan drink more tea than coffee, which is quite different from Canada. But by tea, I mean bubble tea.. So tea shops thrive in Taiwan, whereas cafes, not so much.)
Also, I occasionally use whitening strips. It’s hard to find teeth-whitening products here though, and they don’t have the big brands that are available in North America, and I’m iffy about trying out unfamiliar brands. I got so desperate for whitening strips that I asked a friend to send some to me from Vancouver.
Lastly, I think getting regular dental check-ups and getting your teeth cleaned (at least once a year, but better if it’s twice a year) are so important to dental health! It’s so cheap to get your teeth cleaned in Taiwan (Only 100NTD/3.33CAD in New Taipei City or 150NTD/5CAD in Taipei City)… So it baffles me that people don’t go more often. My teeth are not perfect, and they get sensitive sometimes (I wonder if I inherited that from my mother?), but I’d like to keep them as healthy as possible for as long as I can. I almost developed gingivitis as a kid because nobody taught me how to brush my teeth properly, and I suffered through almost four years of braces during high school/uni, among many other unpleasant ordeals involving my mouth. I never used to floss, and now I listen to my dentist and floss every single day; it has made a huge difference. I just wish I had started earlier.
So for me, good oral health not only means a lovely smile, but also physical as well as mental health!