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
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!