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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Jack Rentz
Jack Rentz

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Dr. Patel and the Solana Beach Smiles staff are top notch! I have been going to Dr. Patel for the past few years and would recommend anyone in need of a new dentist to come here. She is very skilled, knowledgeable, and takes the time to explain her recommendations to you. You are in good hands with Dr. Patel!

Gail
Gail

5 out of 5 stars

posted 10 months ago

I was visiting CA when I cracked a molar. Dr Jesse was able to get me in on short notice. His staff are so friendly and he and his staff are also very honest. My situation was a challenge which he met going above and beyond. I was so grateful to my daughter for recommending him!

Nathaniel Root
Nathaniel Root

5 out of 5 stars

posted 9 months ago

The staff at Solana Beach Smiles is always friendly and flexible with scheduling. Dr Patel is very personable and continuously checks-in on you during any procedure. Great place!