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Show off those pearly whites

People love a great smile.  Don’t be too self-conscious – your teeth needn’t be perfect but they should be the best that you can do.  Teeth can be an indicator of general health so it’s also about putting your best foot forward.

First – ask your closest friend if you have bad breath.  If they indicate that you do, you may need to speak with your dentist – more on that below.

You should absolutely be brushing your teeth at least twice a day if not after every meal.  There is a plethora of toothbrush and toothpaste options these days so keep trying them until you find a combination that works for you.

Flossing should also happen twice a day but you may have to work up to it.  Start with attempting to floss once a day for a month, then bump it up to twice a day.  You should also keep floss in your purse for any after-meal touch-ups you may need to make.  Your gums will thank you for it.

Ask your dentist about the best course of treatment for your teeth.  Be aware that he might suggest things that you quite simply can’t afford.  Don’t be deterred, simply ask if there is a lower cost option.  A good dentist is willing to work with you within your cost bracket or offer a payment schedule for treatments that don’t have alternatives.

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