When it comes to first impressions, a good smile is everything! Having beautiful teeth is the first step to making your smile gorgeous and making the best lasting impression. So follow these tips for a smile that will dazzle them with perfection!

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Floss, Brush, Repeat… Most dentists recommend flossing and brushing teeth twice a day. Using a good antibacterial mouthwash like Listerine can be an added defense against germs, keeping teeth healthy and plaque free. Many toothpastes and washes now come in a whitening formula for a double punch of health and beauty.

Keep your appointment… Dentists recommend regular checkups and cleaning twice a year. While you may think that you’re doing enough at home to keep your teeth in top shape, there is nothing that can compare to the dentist’s magic. Having teeth professionally cleaned can help remove plaque buildup that you would never be able to reach on your own, keeping teeth healthier and whiter for longer periods of time.

No smoking allowed… We all know that smoking is hazardous to your health but it can also be a disaster for your smile. Tobacco can stain the teeth causing a yellow or brown tint to form. While brushing can help, it is often not enough to rid the teeth of stains completely, and if stains were not enough, remember the horrible breath you’re left with post smoke.

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Get your eight glasses in… We all know that water is essential for glowing skin but did you know it also works wonders for your teeth? Drinking eight glasses or more of water a day not only helps to neutralize harmful acids in the saliva but the added fluoride in water (at least in the US) helps to keep teeth strong as well.

Say no to sweets… Eating too much sugary or processed food can lead to tooth decay and gum disease; both which can be nearly irreversible if left untreated. Instead opt for fruits like strawberries and apples to curb your sweet tooth. Not only are they a healthier option, but just the act of eating them helps to clean and brighten your teeth.

When in doubt – whiten… If you’re generally good about caring for your teeth but have noticed that lately they lack the luster of your younger days, why not have them whitened? At home whitening kits can lift teeth 1-2 shades whiter, while professional whitening can lift teeth 5-6 shades. Whichever method you choose, you’ll have a bright, white smile that will last 6-12 months.