Reader’s Digest Identifies Eight Common Mistakes People Make Brushing Teeth

Reader’s Digest (4/13, Bender) states that it’s easier than one might think “to make tooth brushing mistakes,” identifying eight common mistakes people may make while brushing. The article states, for example, that a common mistake is not brushing teeth long enough, noting that “the American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes, but many people fall woefully short—and don’t even realize it.” According to the article, common mistakes also include brushing too hard, using an incorrect angle while brushing, using a toothbrush with bristles that are too firm, using a toothbrush head that is too large, using the same toothbrush for too long, not flossing regularly, and not brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. “Dental disease is totally preventable,” says ADA spokesperson Dr. Sally Cram, “and a lot of it can be avoided by stepping up your home brushing program and having check-ups.”

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