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Common mistakes people make while brushing their teeth
Updated: 4/27/2011 11:00:01 PM

Dentists address common brushing mistakes in a recent article Although many people think that brushing their teeth is one of the most simple daily tasks, some individuals may not actually scrub their smiles correctly. A recent article published by the Toronto Star highlighted several common brushing-related mistakes.

Individuals who rinse their mouths with water or mouthwash immediately after cleaning their teeth may remove health-boosting fluoride that is left behind by toothpaste, the newspaper explained.

Also, the news source recommended that people wait 30 minutes after eating before brushing their teeth. Doing so immediately after consuming meals may grind sugars and acid from food particles into one's teeth and erode enamel.

"If you use the toothbrush and scrub the chewing surfaces first, then the inside - so, the side closest to the tongue - then the side closest to the roof of the mouth, then the cheek side and the outside, you’re optimizing your brushing," Ontario dentist Lynn Tomkins suggested to the news provider.

According to the American Dental Association, people should brush their teeth two times daily and floss regularly with an interdental cleaner to sustain good oral health.

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