Brushing & Flossing

Adults should brush their teeth after every meal, or at least three times daily, and they should floss once every day.  The reality is that many people have schedules that are too busy to permit brushing three times a day, but all children over three years of age and all adults should brush at least twice a day and floss once, at the very least.

For detailed instructions on how to most effectively brush one’s teeth, it is best to consult with a dentist or dental hygienist.  Still, the following guidelines are a good start.  It is generally recommended that adults use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.  Brush with moderate pressure, in a circular motion to remove the most plaque.  Brushing too softly may allow plaque to remain on or between the teeth, while brushing too hard can damage gum tissues.  It is recommended that people brush their teeth for a minimum of two minutes to ensure optimal cleanliness and plaque removal.

Flossing in between the teeth and at the gum line is essential to avoiding gum disease, which can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss.  Most people do not realize that up to 75 percent of the population suffers from gum disease, and that gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults.  Furthermore, recent studies have determined a correlation between gum disease and heart disease and stroke.  For optimal health, it is essential that all adults floss their teeth at least once a day.  For proper flossing techniques, consult with a general dentist or dental hygienist.

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Kathy Allen
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5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

This review is from Bruce Allen. Went in for a teeth cleaning and it was done rapidly and with fabulous attention to detail. I was also advised of important issues to address with my (old) teeth. Highly recommended!

Ashley Wayman
Ashley Wayman

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Everyone at Solana Beach Smiles is amazing. They always go above and beyond for their patients. Especially Anita, Marlene, Tia and of course Dr. Jesse! Needed help with scheduling because we have a newborn and a crazy schedule, and Anita bent over backwards to accommodate our family.

Connie Nelson
Connie Nelson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 8 months ago

Just had my "teeth cleaning" appointment, and as usual, was great! Quick, easy & comfortable - Love my hygienist, she is the best. Thank you, Dr. Jessy, for your wonderful, caring staff.