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Dental Health Risks: 5 Unhealthy, Extreme Dental Trends To Avoid

The Huffington Post    
Posted: 03/14/2012 8:45 am

The basics of dental health aren't all that complicated: Brush and floss daily, limit cavity-causing sugary snacks, don't smoke and schedule regular visits to your dentist.

For some people, though, things get a little trickier. Maybe they opt to straighten "imperfect" smiles or whiten their less-than-sparkling pearly whites.

But others still take dentistry to the land of the extreme, unsafe and just plain weird. Read up on the health risks of these out-there dental procedures.

Widening An Existing Gap
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While "America's Next Top Model" is now notorious for its often extreme makeovers (lookin' at you, invisible eyebrows) and the contestants' extreme reactions to them, Tyra Banks outdid herself during cycle 15 of the reality TV show when she asked for the existing gap between a model's two front teeth to be widened.

"Of course, I will do anything that [Banks] thinks looks good," the contestant says in this clip (skip forward to about 2:20).

While we certainly appreciate the beauty in an unconventional smile, widening a gap could lead to bigger tooth problems or hamper proper jaw growth.

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