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6 Common Dental Mistakes

The Huffington Post   Catherine Pearson   First Posted: 02/23/2012 6:47 am   Updated: 03/ 5/2012 11:30 am

Dental health is relatively simple, right? You brush, you floss, you repeat.

Well, yes and no.

While the general guidelines are indeed pretty simple, there actually are some subtleties involved in properly caring for your teeth and gums. And in some cases, the things you're doing in the name of pearly whites can actually do more harm than good, which is why we've rounded-up a list of six of the most common dental mistakes people make when caring for their smiles. Are there any you regularly make?

'Snapping' Your Floss
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So you're flossing, which is a good thing (according to the American Dental Association, you should be doing it daily), but how you floss matters, too.

As the American Dental Hygienists' Association reports (in big bold letters no less!), you should never snap the floss between your teeth. Instead, you should "gently guide" it between your chompers using a "zig-zag motion." Pulling the floss down too hard or too quickly could harm your delicate gums.



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