The enamel on the surface of your teeth is one of the hardest substances in the body, but even it can weaken and discolour if you neglect it.

Stained enamel causes teeth to look patchy, yellow and stained. Expensive professional whitening can restore your teeth, but try these natural whitening tips and remedies first and you may be surprised at the difference.

Brush basics – Most obvious of all, brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and don’t forget to floss.

Brushing clears food debris, plaque and bacteria from your teeth – all of which can cause staining. Remember, your brushing technique matters: brush away from the gumline gently; cover all areas and pay special attention to the back teeth; brush your tongue and brush for two-minutes.

Avoid the dark – If you’ve got an important engagement or are on a date and want to maintain the perfect smile, avoid dark-coloured foods such as red wine, dark gravies and coffees or colas as these may leave a stain on teeth.

Green juices can be made from sources like spinach, kale, kailan, broccoli, celery, cucumber and apple, with mint, lime and ginger added as natural flavourings.

These fruits and vegetables are not only good for you, they are nature’s toothbrushes.

If you do eat or drink dark coloured foods, brush your teeth immediately afterwards.

Tar from cigarettes is just about the most darkening danger to teeth, and cause stubborn stains.

Apart from saving the appearance of your teeth, quitting smoking will do wonders to your health.

Bite into nature’s toothbrushes – It’s not always convenient to brush your teeth, especially if you’re travelling or at the office.

Instead, opt for “nature’s toothbrushes”: bite into an apple, some raw carrot or celery.

These healthy, tasty and vitamin-rich snacks not only add fibre and other nutritional goodies into your diet, but have a teeth cleansing action as well.

Popcorn has the same effect – just remember to eat it plain!

Gargle some apple cider vinegar – Want fresh breath and white teeth the natural way? Add a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to one cup (about 240ml) of water and gargle for 10 seconds. Brush your teeth as normal.

Just remember that apple cider vinegar is very acidic, so a little goes a long way.

Soda so good – We’re not referring to the sugary drink, which is very bad on the teeth, but baking soda. Put a little baking soda on your toothbrush and brush as you normally would (gently, with a flicking motion away from the gumline and for at least two-minutes). Use once or twice a week.

For other healthy tips, visit Great Eastern Life’s Live Great portal. Besides tips, there are articles and recipes, as well as wellness tools to conduct simple health risk assessments.

You can also obtain information on Live Great events like health and wellness talks, seminars and workshops, and Live Great partners’ promotions throughout the year.

You can find out more about Great Eastern Life’s activities and events through its Facebook page at

Fitforlife Fair 2016

In addition, Great Eastern Life is once again The Star’s exclusive event partner for the FitForLife Fair 2016.

Held for the fifth consecutive year, the fair is one of the largest in Malaysia incorporating health and fitness, as well as activities promoting healthy living.

The theme for the fair is “Get Fit. Live Great!”. It aims to inspire Malaysians to lead a healthy lifestyle and adopt a holistic approach to health that includes physical and mental fitness, financial health and general happiness.

The event will feature a diverse range of health and lifestyle products and services under one roof, catering to people of all ages.

Visitors can expect an array of products suitable for various health needs, such as supplements, diet and nutrition aids, health checks, alternative remedies and many others.

The fair offers more than product bargains though. There will be a series of health and lifestyle talks by industry experts on various topics of interest. This is an opportunity for visitors to obtain free advice and the latest information from healthcare and fitness experts.

In addition, Great Eastern will be giving out a free personalised notebook calculator and a goodie bag for the first 1,000 who pre-register for the event.

For those who want to pre-register, they can sign up at the following link:

The subsequent 5,000 who pre-register will receive a free LIVE GREAT goodie bag.

This year will also see the return of the LIVE GREAT Dodgeball Open. For further information, email Ramona at or call her at 012-386 8809.

In addition, this year sees the debut of Air Trick Mat by Jumpstreet. The Air Trick Mat will have instructors on site to demonstrate jumping techniques (cool flips and twists on the mat). Entry fee is RM5, which allows the jumper five minutes on the Air Trick Mat.

This year, the fair will head to more venues across the country. Health enthusiasts can join the fun at the following locations:

• Kuala Lumpur: April 29–May 1, Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, 10am–7pm
• Johor Bahru: May 6–8, Persada Johor International Centre, 11am–6pm
• Malacca: May 20-22, Mahkota Parade, 10am–10pm
• Penang: October 21–23, SPICE Arena (PISA), 10am–7pm

Admission is free. For enquiries, call 03-79671388 (ext 1243/1475/1529) or visit