Brushing and flossing can help prevent decay and keep your teeth healthy. This routine keeps decay-causing plaque from forming on your teeth, which in turn maintains optimal oral health. While people know they should brush and floss their teeth, they often become confused deciding if they should floss first or brush first.
Does It Matter to Floss Before or After Brushing?
It simply doesn't matter. Instead of worrying about when to floss, you should pay more attention to how to do it right. Your focus should be on doing a thorough job and you will get maximum benefits. Some people do it before brushing, while others do it after they have brushed their teeth but the results have always been quite the same.
If you have been flossing before brushing your teeth for the last ten years and have never faced any serious oral health problem, there is no point in changing the routine. If it is working well the other way round, you should continue flossing after brushing. It is more important to floss your teeth daily and use water to rinse your mouth thoroughly after flossing.
You need to understand that brushing your teeth will help remove plaque from tooth surfaces, but it will not remove plaque completely. There is debris between the teeth that can be removed only through flossing. It is fine to use another type of interdental cleaner if you are not all that comfortable with flossing. Some of these aids include special picks, brushes, and sticks. Be sure to talk with your dentist before you decide to use interdental cleaners.
How to Brush Your TeethWhether you should floss before or after brushing can be quite confusing, but you should not delve too much into finding the answer and lay your emphasis on learning the right technique to brush and floss.
How to Floss Your Teeth ProperlyAs mentioned already, you should be least concerned about deciding if you should floss before or after brushing and pay more attention to doing it right. Here are a few tips to remember to floss your teeth properly.
Dr. James L. Johnson