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Brushing your teeth: Are you doing it wrong?
Updated: 4/19/2012 6:59:53 PM

Brushing your teeth: Are you doing it wrong?  

Just because a person is brushing their teeth every day, doesn't mean they are doing it right. Recently, published an article discussing some of the bad brushing habits that may be harming people's dental health.

First, many individuals don't brush long enough. The news source spoke to prosthodontist Michael Lenchner, who said that most dentists recommend that people brush for two or three minutes, but few individuals take the time to do so.

Next, some people may have improper brushing technique.

"Hold the brush so the bristles are at a 45-degree angle to the surface of the teeth and brush in small circles. Focus on a few teeth at once, then move on to the next set, continuing around from one side to the other, top and bottom, front and back," according to the news source.

Shape Magazine reminds readers that people shouldn't brush too hard. This can permanently wear away at enamel, and cause gums to recede. The information provider added that if people find that their toothpaste feels gritty, they should switch to another because this can also harm enamel.

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