In one survey, 65 percent of people with white teeth were perceived to be more professional than those with dingy ones. And maintaining good oral health can boost your savings as well as (potentially) your earning power. On average, people spend more than $600 per year in dental care. Use this guide to maintain and beautify your choppers. Plus: 11 Tricks to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth »
Choose the Right Toothbrush
Electric brushes with oscillating-rotating bristles might be a bit more effective than manual ones, research suggests. But the latter, which are cheaper, are fine. Just make sure yours has a soft head (hard bristles abrade enamel). Brush, holding bristles at a 45-degree angle to teeth, for at least two minutes twice a day.
Try: Oral-B Pro-Health All-in-One ($5; walgreens.com).