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7 brushing mistakes you're making that are harming your teeth

INSIDER Logo By Sara Lindberg of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 8: Brushing your teeth twice a day for two-minutes is recommended for good oral health.Cleaning your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth.Skip the medium and hard toothbrushes and use the soft bristles instead. They clean just as well as the others. If brushing your teeth twice a day is not part of your regular routine, you better make some changes, and quick.Poor dental habits such as making mistakes while brushing your teeth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and, of course, the dreaded bad breath.INSIDER talked to Srinivas R. Myneni, DDS, PhD from the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine to get the low-down on the most common mistakes most of us make when brushing our teeth.

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day for two-minutes is recommended for good oral health.
  • Cleaning your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth.
  • Skip the medium and hard toothbrushes and use the soft bristles instead. They clean just as well as the others.

  • If brushing your teeth twice a day is not part of your regular routine, you better make some changes, and quick.

    Poor dental habits such as making mistakes while brushing your teeth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and, of course, the dreaded bad breath.

    INSIDER talked to Srinivas R. Myneni, DDS, PhD from the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine to get the low-down on the most common mistakes most of us make when brushing our teeth.

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