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Proper Brushing Techniques as Part of Preventative Dental Care

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Preventative Dental Care
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Holding an MBA degree from the University of Colorado, Robert Madden, DDS, is a Denver, Colorado, dentist who guides Southwest Family Dentistry. He serves the needs of Denver patients for quality, personalized oral health care. Dr. Robert Madden emphasizes patient education and the importance of preventive dentistry in ensuring the health of teeth and gums.

The two most important aspects of daily dental hygiene are brushing and flossing. While many people take brushing for granted, having the proper technique is essential to preventing cavities and gum disease. When selecting a brush, seek out softer bristles that are still firm, but do not present a major risk of damaging the gums.

Brushing at least twice a day is recommended, with three times ideal. Take about two minutes to fully brush the teeth, making sure to reach hidden areas along the back and sides, including the molars. Hold the brush at an approximately 45 degree angle relative to the gums and employ short up-and-down strokes. Brushing more than three times a day can be counterproductive, as too much takes its toll on the enamel that coats and protects the teeth and causes damage at the gum lines.

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Eliminating Periodontitis through Pocket Reduction Treatment

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Tooth Health
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Based in Denver, Colorado, Robert Madden, DDS, earned his MBA at the University of Colorado and has led Southwest Family Dentistry for more than two decades. His work as a dentist encompasses dentures, crowns, and implant restorations. Dr. Robert Madden also provides Denver, Colorado, patients with experienced periodontal therapy treatment.

Two non-surgical approaches to gum care are scaling and planing, which are a part of regular gum cleaning sessions at the dentist’s office. In cases where periodontal disease has progressed, supporting bone and tissue that snugly fit around the teeth is destroyed, and pockets form surrounding affected teeth. Untreated, these pockets gradually become deeper and harbor expanding colonies of tooth decaying bacteria. Eventually, too much bone tissue may be compromised and extraction may become necessary.

Periodontal pocket reduction is one way of resolving this issue and involves a folding back of the gum tissue, such that bacteria can be removed. The gum tissue is then secured in a position close to the bone. In certain cases, smoothing of the damaged, irregular bone surface may be necessary before a close fit can be achieved.