It’s not one of life’s big questions, but I’m occasionally asked this by my patients.
Believe it or not, the order of brushing and flossing can make a difference in your oral health.
A 2018 study found that it’s better to floss your teeth before brushing because it allows for the most thorough removal of both foods trapped between your teeth and dental plaque.
So, when you brush your teeth after flossing and have a good rinse with water afterward, it further clears debris from your mouth. Instead, if you brush before flossing bacteria and plaque can continue to stay in your mouth and on your teeth. This can eventually lead to periodontal disease.
Regardless of the order, the most important thing is to brush and floss your teeth every day without exception.
You’re still making a vital commitment to your overall health and well-being whether you floss or brush first. 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 (440) 354-0705 or schedule an appointment online.
Patrick J. Soria, DDS
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