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The last time I visited the dentist, she recommended that I brush my teeth for at least 4 minutes a day. Apparently, I have a case of moderate gingivitis. Will 2 minutes brushing downward from the gums to the tips of the teeth suffice? OR how should I brush to best help prevent gingivitis?

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replied October 7th, 2009
Dental Health Answer A7476
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The correct brushing technique usually takes 2 minutes. In most cases this suffices. However in presence of gingivitis you need to be extra cautious. You must also brush the gums holding the brush (use a soft one) at a slight angle to the gums (around a 45 degree angle) and using short, gentle strokes. Tongue should be cleaned with the tongue cleaner. You must ensure that all teeth have been cleaned on the inside, outside using circular strokes.
The actual time spent does not matter. It is the approximate time most would require to correctly follow all procedures. Hope this helps. Take care!

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