Hollywood's Best Smiles - Photo 1 - Pictures


The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry celebrates red carpet season by polling its members about Hollywood's most glamourous grins. The winner this year - with 38 percent of the vote - was actress Eva Mendes, seen here at a film premiere on Aug. 7, 2006, in New York.

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Here, Mendes flashes her smile as she hugs actor Joaquin Phoenix at the 60th International film festival http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/dentures-partial in Cannes, southern France, on May 25, 2007.

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Smile professionals agree that award-winning Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has the No. 1 male celebrity smile. Here, he grins during a press conference at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 24, 2007.

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Here's another smile from Pitt, who accompained Angelina Jolie to the premiere of her movie "Beowulf," in Los Angeles, Nov. 5, 2007.

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We don't think those dentists were thinking of this picture when they cast their votes for Pitt.

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The dentists thought Anne Hathaway, star of "The Devil Wears Prada," had a wicked grin. She came in at No. 2 on their list with 12 pcercent of the vote. She is seen here at a 2005 New York gala.

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Here, the star who made a name for herself in the "Princess Diaries" movies, shows a regal smile at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.

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The new Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star, David Beckham, came in second on the list of best male smiles. Here, he grins at affordable dentures fans during his official introduction as a Galaxy player on July 13, 2007, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

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Beckham has a lot to smile about in this July 22, 2007, photo. He had just signed a lucrative contract with the Galaxy and moved to Los Angeles. Now, he and his wife, singer Victoria Beckham, were going to a party given in their honor by actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

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Kate Hudson was the third actress on the list of star-worthy grins. Here, she is showing her smile at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Here, Hudson and pregnant singer-actress Jennifer Lopez share a smile and a joke backstage at the Movies Rock event at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 2007.

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It's no surprise that actor Will Smith came in third on the list of best male smiles. It's hard to find a photo of him without a big smile on his face. Here, he waves during the Madrid premiere of his latest movie "I am Legend," on Dec. 14, 2007.

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The action hero can even smile with his hands in cement during a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in Los Angeles.

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This is one high-wattage photo. Smith is sharing the stage with Eva Mendes, who tops the female list of smilers, at the London premiere of their new movie "Hitch" Feb. 22, 2005.

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Why You Should Floss | HealthyWomen


Tuesday, Jul 07th 2015

7 Important Flossing Facts



A national survey conducted by Harris Poll for the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recently discovered that a lot of us are lying to our dentists. No, it's not about how much sugar-laden candy we're eating or how often we brush (or don't brush) our teeth. It's about something that potentially has more impact on our health than that.

Twenty-seven percent of us lie about how often we floss.

The reason is fairly simple: People don't like to floss. In fact, they'd rather wash dishes, clean a toilet or even spend time doing their taxes than floss. The American Dental association reports that only 50 percent of Americans floss daily, 31 percent same day dentures cost less than daily and 18 percent don't floss at all.

But when you consider that flossing helps prevent gum disease and cavities and not flossing is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, it makes you wonder why more people don't do it.

Flossing Facts

1. Maybe you're too tired at the end of the day to bother with flossing. Yet, it doesn't really matter when you do it. The most important thing is to just do it--once a day. Whether you floss before or after you brush doesn't much matter, either.

2. Here's a no-brainer tip for easy flossing: Try storing floss in your car, in your bag or in your office drawer--then break it out when you have time (just don't floss in public--your friends and coworkers will thank you). There's no need to floss in front of a mirror, either. (And there's no need for an excuse if you keep the floss handy and within reach!)

3. Flossing removes plaque from areas between your teeth that your toothbrush can't reach. If this plaque is not removed, it can eventually harden into calculus or tartar, leading to gum disease. There's also evidence that periodontal bacteria can attach to the fatty plaques in blood vessels and set off an inflammatory process, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Other research has shown that infections in the mouth may be associated with diabetes, pneumonia and other health problems.

4. You need not use only dental floss to clean between your teeth. There are other options specifically made for the purpose, like pre-threaded flossers, tiny brushes that can reach between your teeth, pointed rubber tips or wooden plaque removers.

5. Flossing should not be painful. It's normal for it to be uncomfortable when you first start, but within a week or two, that discomfort should ease.

6. Be aware of flossing too hard--it could damage the tissue between your teeth. But don't be too gentle either, which might not result in a complete job.

7. Children should start to floss as soon as they have two teeth that touch.



More Reading:

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