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7 Worst Habits for Your Dental Health

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It's easier said than done to brush and floss twice a day. Still brushing and flossing? Good! If not, here's how to start over:

Misbrushing

Some whiten teeth while others prevent cavities; some taste minty fresh while others like fruit snacks; some contain chemicals for sensitive teeth.

How should you brush?

Soft toothbrushes are gentler on gums. Be gentle. 

How should you brush?

Flossing cleans around the gum line, where bad breath-causing bacteria grows up (also known as halitosis)

What kind of toothbrush should you use?

Tobacco use harms dental health. Both promote gum disease, which harms teeth

Tobacco use

Dentists discourage hard candy. It can harm teeth, causing cavities. Hard candy's sugar promotes cavities. 

Hard candy, toffee, and popcorn

Citrus liquids, tomatoes, and sports drinks degrade enamel.

Food acidity

Tobacco use harms dental health. Both promote gum disease, which harms teeth

Smoking or chewing tobacco

Citrus liquids, tomatoes, and sports drinks degrade enamel. These meals and drinks can damage tooth enamel.

Food acidity

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