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How to Keep your Teeth Pearly White

America Ferrera just insured her beautiful smile, teeth included, for $10 million. While not everyone was blessed with a winning smile like hers, there are ways to make the best out of what we were given, so click here to

  • Brushing your teeth, the right way is crucial to keeping your teeth healthy and clean. You should be brushing for a full 2 minutes at least twice daily
  • Use short gentle strokes and concentrate on one area at a time. Many dentists recommend using a circular motion but you should always pay extra attention to the hard to reach back teeth and most importantly your gum line
  • With so many toothbrush choices out there, it is hard to pick the right one. Dentists tend to recommend softer bristles so you don't wear down the enamel on your teeth or irritate your gums. Smaller headed brushes can clean individual teeth better and reach the in between spaces
  • Another main reason we brush our teeth is to prevent bad breath, so don't forget to brush your tongue. Constant bad breath is a tell tale sign of gum disease or gingivitis
  • Flossing is one of the most important things you can do to promote healthy teeth and gums and fresh breath. For some reason people have a hard time remembering, so keep floss at your desk at work or next to your alarm clock. Keeping your gums healthy will prevent gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay
  • If you don't have a history of weak teeth or gums, be sure to see your dentist twice yearly for cleanings. If you have more sensitive teeth, it is recommended to up your visits to the dentist to every three to four months to stay proactive
  • Some people's teeth are more susceptible to cavities so if you are one of those people, be sure to get x-rays taken in case you have small cavities in between the teeth
  • Smoking, drinking tea, coffee, and wine will stain your teeth, so try to brush after you drink or smoke. If brushing isn't an option, be sure to drink a lot of water to help remove some of the surface stains
  • Over the counter teeth whitening strips are quite effective to brighten up your smile as well as professionally whitening by your dentist or a boutique teeth whitening company. But be careful, bleaching your teeth can make them quite sensitive

I hope these tips will make you want to smile more and to show off your healthy pearly whites!


Join The Conversation
JudyPooh JudyPooh 10 years
I brush my teeth religiously but don't have very white teeth so I got a teeth whitening kit. Crest Whitestrips worked ok for me but not great. I didn't want to pay a dentist. I found a good kit with trays and the gel is the same strength you get from the dentist but it was much less expensive.
madhatter madhatter 10 years
I'm a big fan of the Crest Whitestrips. The effects start right away and last a super long time.
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
My mom has really white teeth, I do as well, but not as white as hers. She is a flossing fanatic. The lady will floss her teeth in the bar of a bathroom (not kidding, I actually saw her do a shot of tequila and head to the bathroom to floss the lime out of her teeth).
calibabi calibabi 10 years
people are always commenting on my white teeth...but i swear i don't do anything other than brush them!! like 2 years ago i used whitestrips, and those worked pretty well...but i haven't used them in 2 years and i still get comments on my teeth!
fab4 fab4 10 years
Eating strawberries helps to whiten teeth. Catherine Zeta Jones has sworn by it in magazine articles I've read.
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