The Real Cost of a Fabulous Smile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-11-10T22:59:46Z

Photograph by Simone van den Berg/Getty Images

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Floss, Gargle, Rinse

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Dentists say there is nothing more important than dental floss to keep plaque away. "Plaque near the gum line causes inflammation and causes your gums to pull away," says Dr. Namjoo. "Dentin is then exposed and become susceptible to decay."

$12: Crest Glide dental floss, three dispensers annually

$160: Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide Fluoride Mouthwash, 16 oz., 22 bottles annually

Pro treatment running tally: $7,878