Toothsome and Then Some

Friday, June 23, 2006
Chris Samuels, Crest-Glides new Spokesman
We're a little jaded when it comes to celebrity endorsements: The whole Boldface Name Loves [pimped luxury cars/diamond watches/custom duds] is so predictable. But when a 6-foot-5, 310-pound NFL player flacks dental floss . . .

Admittedly, Redskins tackle Chris Samuels has a great smile. "Not to brag, but I get a lot of compliments on my teeth," he told us yesterday. Good thing, because he's Crest's new spokesman and just might demonstrate his flossing technique at this weekend's National Capital Barbecue Battle on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"A lot of people don't understand the importance of flossing," said the 28-year-old, who has naturally straight teeth and had only three cavities in his life. He used to just brush and use mouthwash until a dentist explained he really had to get between those choppers. His personal flossing journey includes the one that cut his gums until -- bliss! -- he found his perfect floss.

You're thinking: Okay, but what's Samuels doing at a barbecue? He's signing autographs (noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow) and might be coaxed into showing off his Flossing 101 for those walking around with a stubborn piece of chicken or pork wedged between their molars: "I start at my front top teeth, then I'll work my way to the back. Same order on my bottom teeth."

How do the other Redskins stack up, flossing-wise? Samuels wasn't sure, but plans to investigate when training camp starts July 31. "After we win the Super Bowl, we need a pretty smile."