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The thing that separates celebs from us mere mortals has got to be teeth! Smiling at ourselves in the mirror can often be a depressing experience. Those bright, white smiles that smile out at us from the pages of magazines make us all look a little like we have been smoking for fifteen years and eat licorice dipped in red wine every night and then go to bed without brushing. With a little discipline you too can have a sparkling smile!It’s not really that much of a mystery…their pegs have probably been photographically enhanced to look brighter. But it does make you wonder. A smile can be very inviting and it is possible for you to have that affect on others if you give teeth absolute priority. Bright, clean and healthy teeth can move your beauty look onto a higher plain. Sometimes our teeth are all too easily forgotten, so maybe it’s time to pay a little more for the dentist this season and put that Burberry bikini on hold. (Well…for a little while anyway)

Check it out

A yearly check up is imperative for the average person. The teeth also need to be cleaned properly at least once a year. A dental hygienist will clean the teeth and gums to get rid of the plaque and scale build up that we just can’t get to ourselves. This regular hygiene treatment will help to prevent gum disease – which is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. You, of course have to brush twice a day for two minutes, morning and night, using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled brush. Very important. Oh, and don’t forget to floss with waxed dental floss!

The Wash

A lot of people favour mouthwashes. Generally, they are used for freshening the breath, but they can also dislodge any debris from food before you brush. The best washes are the ones that contain an antibacterial agent to help diminish gum disease. Look for fluoride in them too. This is the product that fights against decay. If you are using one that has alcohol, you should go easy on it and use it in moderation.

Breath

It can be a killer. If your breath is lacking a little freshness, it can sadly be a very quick way for someone to judge you?and it won’t be favourably either! The major problem with bad breath is that often we are the last person to know if our breath is bad. We all know how mortifyingly offensive bad breath can be too. Try this: lick your wrist and wait for 10 to 20 seconds before you smell your wrist. If the smell is unpleasant on your wrist, then you can pretty much be guaranteed that the smell emanating from your mouth is pretty bad too. This is where flossing comes in. Do it every day and you will avoid bad breath and clean your teeth properly. Take your toothbrush to work with you if you are going out after work and give them a brush before you go. The mouthwash will help in this area too. Also, check to see if your mouth gets dry. If you have a dry mouth, drink more water. One of the causes of bad breath is a dry mouth.