The Checkup: How to Tell If Your Breath Stinks

Bad breath happens. If you’re worried it might be happening in your mouth right this very second, breathing into your hand and sniffing won’t give you a definitive answer. Apparently, the best way to tell is your breath is smelling funky is to use a spoon to scrap your tongue, let it dry for a few seconds, then smell. Weird? Yes. Effective? Also yes. [Refinery29]

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Shop Talk: See the Best in Philly Street Style From the Roots Picnic

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Janelle Monaé at 2014 Roots Picnic | Joe McGee for

  • Thousands of R&B fans flocked to Festival Pier last weekend as The Roots Picnic swept through town. As usual, stylish Philadelphians showed out in droves, and NY Mag put together a slideshow of the best street style at this year’s Roots Picnic. [The Cut]
  • In a perfect world, you’d be able to show up to work in a velour sweatsuit and house slippers. However, the next best (and kind of socially acceptable) option is leggings. Here’s how to pull off wearing leggings to work. Tip: try pairing them with a menswear-inspired blazer for a totally morning-meeting-appropriate look. [Pop Sugar]

Plus, the dirtiest items in your makeup bag.

The Checkup: The Low-Fat Avocado Variety Sparking Outrage Among Avocado Lovers 

• “Omg I hated it! Watery slimy. Gross.” That, my fellow avocado lovers, is how one Cooking Light editor described the SlimCado, a lower-calorie avocado trying to make it big like Hass, to another Cooking Light editor via text message. And they’re not the only ones disgusted by the SlimCado: There’s an entire Twitter handle — with over 3,000 followers, might I add — solely devoted to hating on the avocado variety. [The Wall Street Journal]
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The Checkup: How to Kill Bad Breath When You Don’t Have a Toothbrush on You

Bad breath happens. And unless you happen to be one of those always-prepared people who keep a toothbrush and toothpaste at the office, there’s a chance that, at some point in life, you’ll need to reach for one of these foods or drinks — like black coffee, surprisingly — that kill bad breath on the spot. [Greatist]
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The Checkup: Is Using Your Significant Other’s Toothbrush Really That Gross?

• I can’t be the only one who’s groggily grabbed their boyfriend’s toothbrush in the morning, scrubbed away at every crevice in their mouth, then — at the very end of the tooth-brushing session — noticed the blue handle and screamed “NOOOOOO.” But, while scrubbing your mouth with someone else’s mouth germs is definitely not ideal, these words straight from a dentist’s mouth might make you feel a bit better: “Sharing a toothbrush is gross, but it’s probably little more harmful than many of the other things that couples and families do.” Phew. That all changes when you share a toothbrush with a stranger though. DON’T do that. [Prevention]
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Is Poor Dental Hygiene a Dating Deal Breaker?

I’m going to go ahead and say sorry for being so nosy in advance: We are totally about to grill you on your dental hygiene habits, from how often you floss to whether or not you’ve ever used your significant other’s toothbrush without telling them (don’t worry, we won’t snitch) to whether or not you think poor dental hygiene is a dating deal breaker. You see, it’s all research for the February issue of Philadelphia magazine, which will feature our Top Dentists list, along with plenty more dental knowledge.

So go ahead, spill! Then be on the lookout for the issue come February to see how you stack up alongside your fellow Philadelphians. Read more »

The Checkup: How to Avoid Stained Teeth from Coffee and Wine



• It seems just about everything good stains your teeth: wine (red and white!), your morning coffee — even tea! But there are some things you can do (that don’t involve $30 at-home whitening strips) to keep your pearly whites as pearly as possible while still enjoying your favorite foods and drinks. Think: chasing wine with whitening foods like apples and celery, brushing with baking soda and more. [Prevention]

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