Everyone wants a Hollywood smile because, as the saying goes, you’re never fully dressed without a smile. And the ladies of the red carpet know that better than anyone.

But you might not want to show a huge grin if you’re conscious of your teeth. There are plenty of easy ways to improve your gnashers and gain confidence in one of your most defining physical attributes. So turn that frown upside down and try out some of our top tips for keeping your teeth looking great, and getting that red carpet ready Hollywood smile.

Invest in an electric toothbrush

I have had an electric toothbrush for over 20 years and wouldn’t be without it. Even though a manual toothbrush can potentially do as good a job as any electric brush, most people get lazy and don’t put in the necessary work to remove all of the plaque from their tooth surfaces and gums. An electric toothbrush guarantees a great clean every time. The brush’s rotating bristles will remove a larger percentage of food residue and dirt from your teeth at a much faster speed than brushing by hand. They will also reach areas often missed by people using manual brushes, such as the gum line and the backs of your molars.

Choose the right toothpaste for you

There are different types of toothpaste formulated to help with different dental issues. If you have sensitive teeth, there are brands that guarantee to reduce tooth sensitivity almost instantly. If you’re allergic to mint, there are tubes that use alternative ingredients without sacrificing cleaning power.

If you smoke or drink coffee, your teeth are more prone to discoloration. Whitening formulas or pastes created specifically for coffee drinkers and smokers will help to reduce the impact of these daily habits on your pearly whites. Not all toothpaste has to be a paste. There are also tooth tablets and tooth powders that work equally as well. These can be used every day or once a week in unison with your normal brushing regime.

Visit the dentist

Make sure to regularly check up with your dentist. Any dental problems will be noticed early and prevention is always better than cure. By checking in with your dentist you could notice tooth decay sooner rather than later. This could mean a small filling now rather than a whole tooth replacement down the line. This will save you a lot of money and keep your mouth thoroughly healthy. Dentists can also offer cosmetic dentistry to fix any cosmetic problems you may have. Procedures can include porcelain dental veneers, crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, and teeth straightening.

Floss every day

People often feel that flossing is unnecessary, but how else are you going to remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth? No matter how good a toothbrush you have, it will not reach your interdental surfaces. So invest in a good quality, tear resistant floss and incorporate it into your routine. I can guarantee that every red carpet beauty is a regular flosser of their Hollywood smile.

Use mouthwash

Mouthwash does so much more than keep your breath fresh. It coats your teeth with fluoride, which will strengthen your enamel and provide a thin, temporary barrier between your tooth and food. It will also wash out any food particles that have been missed by your brush or floss. It’s particularly good for cleaning your tongue, the roof of your mouth and the insides of your cheeks.

Ensure you leave the mouthwash swishing around for at least 30 seconds – 1 minute is better – to really allow the ingredients to do their work. You’re now well on your way to having a Hollywood smile so keep up the good work.

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