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What is the proper way to brush to prevent gum recession?

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. The proper brushing technique is to:
  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. 
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes. 
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
To brush properly and help prevent gum recession, begin by choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles and then hold it like a pen and brush gently for two to three minutes. Try to brush in the same order each time so it becomes repetitive and you do not miss any areas. Change your toothbrush about every three months.

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