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

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• 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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