Women's Dental Health: Get a Movie Star Smile (on a Regular Person Budget)
You don't have to spend a ton of money to have a mouthful of beautiful, healthy teeth and a stunning smile -- these 11 tips prove it
Brush twice a dayThis may sound painfully obvious, but the sad fact is a lot of people don't even brush their teeth properly once a day, much less twice. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing two times a day for two minutes using a soft, rounded, nylon bristled brush and advises people to spend roughly 30 seconds on each quadrant of their mouth (Upper left, lower left, etc.) while wielding the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle.
Dr. Apa recommends "investing in a soft-bristled electric toothbrush." (Try Oral B CrossAction Power Whitening Toothbrush, $109.) He says that it's "great for [getting you to] spend a little extra time each day brushing your teeth and gums!"
Whether or not you use an electric brush, it's important to replace it regularly. The ADA says to "replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed," because "a worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth."
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