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Many people may think that they are practicing proper dental care techniques by brushing twice a day, but they may not be doing it correctly. According to a recent study conducted at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, while most individuals brush their teeth every day, only one out of 10 is brushing in a way that helps prevent tooth decay.
The researchers believe that many study participants were simply imitating bad habits that they learned as a child from their parents.
"Most of the interviewed subjects learned to brush their teeth as children, by their parents. Even if they have been informed about more effective techniques later in life, they continue to brush their teeth like they always have," said researcher Pia Gabre.
While all of the study participants were Swedish, brushing improperly is also a problem in the U.S. Many individuals will brush too hard or in a way that misses entire parts of their mouth. This is why it is important to visit a dental health professional regularly so they can clean parts of the mouth that people may have missed while brushing. Also, a dentist can show people proper brushing techniques.
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