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Health News Article- Bad Brushing Habits

Article Title: 8 Bad Brushing Habits that Harm Your Teeth

 

Article Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/15/bad-teeth-brushing-habits_n_1422002.html?utm_hp_ref=dental-health

 

Article Review:

Through this health news article, a few bad tooth-brushing habits are reviewed.  Many people visiting their local dentist for children for a Childrens Dental Cleaning service do not even realize that they are not brushing their teeth correctly, and in-turn can find themselves with tooth decay and dental health issues.

According to a pediatric dentist who practices pediatric dentistry for years now, some of the bad brushing habits listed include:

  • You Don’t Brush Long Enough- You need to brush for at least two minutes.  Buy a timer and make sure you brush for at least that amount of time.
  • Watch Where You Brush- it is easy to get distracted and not pay attention to your mouth when you are brushing your teeth.  Try to pay attention and look in the mirror to see your gum line, teeth, and tongue so you know where to brush.  Following the gum-line is the best place to position your toothbrush.
  • Brushing Too Hard-when you brush your teeth too vigorously, you have an increased chance of destroying your tooth enamel.  Once tooth enamel is destroyed, it cannot be restored, so be sure to take care of your teeth with less force.  Also use warm water at this softens the bristles creating less damage to the gums/teeth.
  • Forgetting to Floss- you might have the best intentions to floss your teeth, but for some reason, it never seems to get done.  Make flossing a regular part of your dental routine. (It is OK to floss in the shower too!)  Floss can reach places that brushing cannot.  Make flossing a necessary element to maintain your dental (and physical) health.

If you want to learn other ways to improve your brushing habits, we invite you to to read the related health news article.  In addition, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can give you more useful dental health tips during an office visit.  Learn more about how you can help your teeth and your body stay healthy today—all with the power of a good toothbrush and a good dentist!  Please call 203-624-5256 or contact Dr. Lerch at Gail@theartofsmiles.com

 

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