Should I Brush Before Flossing?
The age-old question – should you ﬂoss before you brush or after? If you asked any one of our team members, you just might get a different answer on this one! Before you report them for not knowing their stuff, each response can be right! As long as you’re doing a thorough job, we don’t care when you ﬂoss!
The Case for Flossing Before Brushing
Theoretically, ﬂossing ﬁrst dislodges the gunk between your teeth, letting the ﬂuoride in your toothpaste reach those crevices better. Also, behavioral scientists say since most people don’t like to ﬂoss, it’s better to get the least-pleasant half of your dental routine out of the way ﬁrst – you’ll be less likely to skip it. Once you have a minty, fresh mouth from brushing, you might be less inclined to feel the need to ﬂoss afterward.
The Case for Flossing After Brushing
Some say ﬂossing last is better because it clears your mouth from extra food and debris that could otherwise be carried by the ﬂoss into the very spaces you’re trying to clean out. Plus, it might be more pleasant to put those ﬂossing hands into a clean mouth versus an unbrushed one.
Floss when it works for you. But make it a habit! Choose the same time every day, ﬂoss once a day, and ﬂoss thoroughly. And don’t forget to use the right ﬂossing method: for each new set of teeth, use a new section of ﬂoss, and hug each side of the tooth by dragging the ﬂoss upward in the shape of a “C.”
Want us to show you how? Just ask!