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Avoid these common dental health mistakes
Updated: 3/30/2012 5:00:18 PM

Avoid these common dental health mistakes  

Some people may be brushing and flossing every day and still making common dental mistakes that are keeping them from having proper oral health. The Huffington Post published an article explaining some of these mistakes and how to avoid them.

First, the news source said that people should not "snap" floss between their teeth when they are flossing. Instead, gently guide the floss between your teeth using a back-and-forth motion.

Next, many people brush too hard, which can lead to receding gums and increased tooth sensitivity. Also, while many people believe that brushing right after a meal is the best way to remove leftover food particles, individuals should wait a half hour after eating before brushing.

The American Dental Association (ADA) instead recommends chewing sugar-free gum after a meal to clean teeth.

"If you chew after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth," states the ADA.

Finally, The Huffington Post stated that many people think that waiting a long time between dental visits is acceptable, but it isn't. Individuals should go to the dentist twice a year. 

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