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02/03/2016 10:07 am ET

7 Dental Hygiene Products That'll Give You A Bright And Healthy Smile

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Brushing your teeth is such a natural part of your routine (we hope) that you may not give much thought to whether you're actually doing it correctly. Knowing exactly what to do and how often to do it makes a significant difference in the overall health and appearance of your smile

Believe it or not, there is a right way to clean your teeth.
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Believe it or not, there is a right way to clean your teeth.

Cosmetic dentist Marc Lowenberg of Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor in New York believes the foundation of a healthy smile lies within twice yearly cleanings/exams with your dentist. "Additionally, every adult should brush, floss and use a mouthwash at least twice daily," he says.

The dental professional suggests using toothpaste that contains baking soda because it leaves the mouth fresh and neutralizes odor-causing bacteria. When shopping for mouthwash, Lowenberg says to choose one that contains fluoride to decrease the risk of cavities. Be sure to always floss your teeth before rinsing because a lot of odor comes from food stuck between teeth. 

If Lowenberg were to give anyone three top tips on dental hygiene, it would be floss, floss and floss. He explains, "Most of the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease lives in 'hard to get to' areas between the teeth and brushing will simply not reach it and rinsing is not powerful enough to dislodge it. The only way of physically removing plaque from between the teeth is to floss." 

Now that you know all the steps to clean your teeth and why flossing is a must, below are seven dental hygiene products we recommend adding to your oral care routine.

  • 1
    <i>Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser Fluoride Toothpaste, <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Luster-Power-White-Deep-Stain
    Luster
    Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser Fluoride Toothpaste, $5.97Here's a sulfate-free toothpaste that's formulated with two percent hydrogen peroxide, which will brighten teeth after regular use. 
  • 2
    <i>Tom's of Maine Cavity Protection With Baking Soda Natural Fluoride Toothpaste, <a href="http://www.drugstore.com/toms-of-m
    Tom's of Maine
    Tom's of Maine Cavity Protection With Baking Soda Natural Fluoride Toothpaste, $3.99. Whenever we're perusing the aisles at Trader Joe's, we always make sure to grab a tube of this natural toothpaste with its fresh peppermint flavor. 
  • 3
    <i>Colgate 360&deg; Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush, <a href="http://www.colgateenamelhealth.com/home?cid=ppc_gg_b_
    Colgate
    Colgate 360° Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush, $3.99Our favorite feature on this brand new toothbrush has to be the tongue and cheek cleaner that helps remove bacteria.
  • 4
    <i>Foreo Issa Make Me Smile Essentials With Kaplan MD, <a href="http://www.sephora.com/issa-make-me-smile-essentials-with-kap
    Issa
    Foreo Issa Make Me Smile Essentials With Kaplan MD, $199Our senior fashion editor Julee Wilson swears by this silicone toothbrush to keep her smile gleaming. It is more hygienic than the traditional ones, and it is certainly more swanky. 
  • 5
    <i>Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic Electric Toothbrush, <a href="http://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/HX9372_04/sonicare-diamon
    Philips
    Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic Electric Toothbrush, $219.99This high-tech gadget is like the Bentley of toothbrushes. With the push of one button, you can switch between 5 modes (clean, white, polish, gum care, sensitive) that sends its diamond-shape head brush into turbo for superior cleaning. Plus, it comes with its own travel case and glass charger.
  • 6
    <i>Listerine Total Care Stain Remover&nbsp;Anticavity Mouthwash, <a href="http://www.kmart.com/listerine-total-care-plus-whit
    Listerine
    Listerine Total Care Stain Remover Anticavity Mouthwash, $7.79This drugstore brand mouthwash is packed with benefits -- from killing bad breath to preventing cavities to restoring enamel. 
  • 7
    <i>Oral-B Pro Health Cool Mint Deep Clean Floss, <a href="http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=145634&amp;catid=183
    Oral-B
    Oral-B Pro Health Cool Mint Deep Clean Floss, $4.19Lowenberg claims this is the easiest floss to use! And if you've got a fool-proof product that will help people floss, then they'll definitely do it. 

 

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