Beauty Blogger

03May10

Ah, oral care. I feel like it’s the ugly stepsister of beauty–amid gloss, lashes, perfume, and hair, people forget how crucial a beautiful pearly smile can be! I asked celeb dentist Dr. Jonathan B. Levine of The Fifth Avenue Tooth Spa in New York City to share his top advice for teens:

1- Brush and floss regularly. Yes, it sounds very simple but it’s surprising how many teenagers don’t go through these two simple steps. It’s vital in order to keep the plaque off of the teeth, which will keep the gums healthy and the stain from sticking to the teeth. Brush each quadrant for 2 minutes, 30 seconds each and floss every single night.

2- Eat right, especially green leafy vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, and fruits like apples. They are natural exfoliators and will keep stains off teeth, creating the pearly white look everyone wants.

3- Be careful not to overuse the home whitening strips or the tray and gel systems. Follow directions very carefully and do not abuse them!

4- Brush the tongue along with flossing–it will keep your breath fresh!

via Beauty Blogger: Beauty: teenvogue.com.

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