Do You Floss First or Brush Your Teeth First?


A lot of people often ask their dentist if they should brush first or floss? Truth be told the sequencing of these doesn’t make a lot of difference as long as you do a thorough job of cleaning your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing are two of the best ways to get rid of cavities causing plaque from your teeth and help give you healthy dental status.


Though we have been brushing and flossing our teeth for years now, a lot of us are not quite sure if they are doing it properly.


It is important to choose a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your mouth and hand and also make sure to brush twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. Instead of rinsing with water, you can spit and rinse with a mouthwash so that you won’t wash away the fluoride in your mouth. This helps protect the teeth and prevent tooth decays. In a 45-degree angle place, your toothbrush against the gums and move it along back and forth using short strokes to brush the outer tooth surfaces and also the inner tooth surfaces. Don’t forget to brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth and also the inside surfaces of the front teeth.


Even though brushing gets rid of the plaque and food particles from the surfaces of the tooth, it can’t remove all of it, especially between the teeth and under the gums. This is why you need to floss to remove the debris and plaque in between the teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. It is also best to brush before bedtime so that you can get rid of all the plaque and food debris that accumulated throughout the day. There are people who have a hard time using the usual dental floss, such as those with brackets. You can use interdental cleaner and also special brushes, sticks or picks. There are a lot of variations in the market right now. You can ask your dentist about them and also how to use them properly to avoid damaging your teeth and gums.


But how do you know if you are doing a thorough job of cleaning your teeth? Your dentist may recommend using a plaque revealing tables, which are available over the counter. You can chew these after your clean your mouth and the red dye stain that hasn’t been removed will show you areas that need extra cleaning. It also helps to limit the frequency of your snacks each day. And most importantly, please make it a point to visit your dentist every six months to get a dental exam and cleaning.