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
FlossWhy all the hoopla about flossing? The ADA says that it "helps to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line where toothbrush bristles can't reach." There's also a ton of research suggesting that flossing can help to protect your heart and arteries by helping to keep the bacteria in your mouth from entering your bloodstream.
Dr. Apa doesn't beat around the bush saying, "Floss, baby, floss!" He tells patients to "buy whitening floss in rolls or picks" (try Supersmile Whitening Floss, $6.50 or Crest Oral-B Advantage Plus Scope Outlast Flavor Floss, $6.99) and "scatter them in all of your makeup bags and purses -- everywhere you carry a mirror!"
Not sure exactly how to floss correctly? The ADA says to "use about 18 inches of floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger" and to "hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth." Dr. Smigel adds that it's important to "wrap the floss around each tooth in a 'C' shape and gently slide it under the gum line to the tip of the tooth."
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