Should You Brush or Floss Your Teeth First?

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    Should You Brush or Floss Your Teeth First?

    It’s not quite an age-old question like the chicken and the egg, but it is a question I’m occasionally asked by my patients.

    It turns out that the order in which you care for your teeth can make a difference in your oral health. 

    Researchers in a 2018 study concluded that it’s better to floss your teeth before brushing because it allows for the most thorough removal of dental plaque and trapped food particles between your teeth.

    So, when you brush your teeth after flossing and have a good rinse with water, it further clears debris from your mouth. 

    Alternatively, if you brush before flossing bacteria and plaque can continue to stay in your mouth and on your teeth. Over time, this can result in periodontal disease.

    Above all else, the most important thing is to brush and floss your teeth every day – no exceptions. 

    Whether you floss or brush first, you’re still making a vital commitment to your overall health and well-being. However, if you want to make the most of your efforts, remember to floss first and then brush to get the most out of your oral health routine.

    If you have any questions please contact us at (828) 631-3283 or schedule an appointment online.

    Merry Christmas to all!

    David McGuire, DDS

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