The Real Cost of a Fabulous Smile

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

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Floss, Gargle, Rinse

Do-It-Yourself

Swishing with lukewarm saltwater can help reduce inflammation resulting from food particles in the mouth, but Dr. Davis says hard carrots, hard pears, hard apples and hard celery are excellent natural cleansers.

$88: Crest 3D White Multi-Care Whitening Rinse, Fresh Mint, 32 oz., 11 bottles annually.

$12: Crest Glide dental floss, three dispensers annually

Do-it-yourself running tally: $240

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