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Keep these dental health basics in mind
Updated: 2/8/2012 7:00:00 PM

Keep these dental health basics in mind  

While many people may think they understand the basics of oral care, they may be missing some important steps. Recently, offered a refresher course on some of the habits that individuals should pick up in order to maintain healthy teeth.

First, the news source pointed out that although people will spend an hour at the gym trying to get their bodies fit, some say that three minutes of brushing seems like an eternity. It's important to put in the time to care for teeth the same way a person would care for any other part of the body.

Next, many people forget that the tongue is home to 50 percent of bacteria found in the mouth. If individuals ignore their tongue when doing their oral care routine, then it may be time to invest in a tongue scraper.

The Mayo Clinic reminds individuals to store their toothbrush properly, which is in an upright position, allowing it to air dry. Also, the organization states that people shouldn't cover their brushes regularly in closed containers, since this promotes bacteria growth.

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