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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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