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BY: Bronwyn McNulty
“Laughter is bodily exercise precious to health,” said Aristotle. Experts agree. In fact, according to The British Dental Health Foundation, one genuine smile can give the same level of stimulation as eating 2,000 chocolate bars! So while magazines stop at body makeovers, why not give the most winning feature of your face -- your smile -- some special treatment? Read on for the ultimate makeover that’ll boost your confidence, your beauty and your health:
Give your lips a natural shine.
The best way to get shiny-smooth lips is the natural way: Avoid licking them so you don’t dry them out, says Emma Dobson from the Dermal Institute. A few extra tips: “Protect your lips every day with a balm containing sunblock and avoid picking,” adds Dobson. If you’re a fan of matte lipsticks, alternate them with more hydrating formulations. And finally: Breathing through your nose instead of your mouth is another great way to keep dry lips at bay.
2. Follow three rules for healthy teeth.
Flossing, avoiding fruit teas (and other acidic drinks) and eating cranberries are the three top tips for beautiful teeth from the Cambridge’s Devonshire House Dental in the U.K. A recent study at the University of Bristol Dental School, U.K., found that the acid in fruit teas can be three times more damaging than orange juice. And new research shows that cranberries contain a compound that stops bacteria from clinging to teeth.
3. Love your gum(s).
Surprise: Chewing gum not only tastes good, it also reduces stress, improves memory and protects your teeth and gums by increasing saliva flow (which prevents decay). In addition, don’t just brush your teeth each day -- brush your gums as well, and be sure you’re brushing both teeth and gums as often as dentists recommend: at least twice a day, for two minutes each time. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, but with proper oral care, you don’t have to worry about either. Now that’s something to smile about.
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