Which Comes First? Brushing or Flossing?

“Should I brush my teeth first or floss first?” In a dental office, this question is asked every day. If you are asking this question, congratulations! You are probably doing both already, which is what counts. However, what is the ideal order to get the best out of your smile and to assure your dental health is at its peak – Brushing your teeth first or flossing your teeth first?

Brush Your Teeth First

When you brush your teeth first, you start to break up the plaque on your teeth. Waiting to floss until after you brush will help remove this plaque while getting the remaining fluoride from brushing into the spaces between the teeth that brushing alone cannot reach.

Floss Your Teeth First

Flossing your teeth before brushing will break down food particles in your teeth that can then be brushed away. Fluoride can then spread to the areas of your teeth that were previously full. Plus, flossing your teeth first gets all of the food particles out of the way. Most people were brought up with the “Brush your teeth, then go to bed” mentality. Meaning, brushing your teeth is the last thing you would do before you go to sleep. Flossing before brushing will help remind you of this step.

It is a bit of a “chicken or the egg” experiment. The majority of dentists agree that it does not matter which comes first. See what is best and works for your schedule. Try flossing first for one week, and then try brushing your teeth first for the next week. See what feels right to you, and what works for your lifestyle and your teeth. As long as you are doing both, you will get excellent results. Mix in a couple of visits to your dentist each year and your smile will thank you!

To schedule a dentist appointment, call us at (402) 644-3177 or visit Family First Dental online.


Posted on: Friday, October 13, 2017
Last modified on: Friday, October 13, 2017

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