Easy ways to maintain a healthy smile

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Your mouth is more than just a pretty smile; it is a gateway to your overall health. We have some tips on how you can keep that gateway clean and those pearly whites sparkling.

Americans tend to avoid the dentist's office out of fear.

"Studies have shown that 50% of our nation has a fear of going to the dentist," said Pediatric Dentist Jane A. Soxman.

Here are some tips to improve the health of your teeth. Eat those veggies, specifically carrots and celery. You get the same benefits as brushing with baking soda without the nasty taste.

Want a whiter smile?  Try strawberries. Strawberries contain high amounts of folic acid that naturally clean and exfoliate your teeth.

Want to try something a little extreme? Then try charcoal! No, not the kind for your grill; activated charcoal. It pulls toxins out of the mouth and removes stains.

Although the fluoride debate is controversial for some, most dentists want us to drink a lot of water from the tap. Most states include fluoride in their water. It's a powerful ally in the fight against tooth decay. Neglecting to properly care for your teeth can lead to inflammation and chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease.

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