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Should I Brush or Floss First?

One of the most common questions patients have for their dentist in Pinellas Park, FL, is whether it is better to brush or floss first when caring for your teeth. This is a rather old question where the answer might change depending to whom you are talking. Both brushing and flossing have proven benefits, but is there a right way to go about it?

What Brushing Does

Brushing should be an essential part of your morning and nighttime routines. You should generally use a soft-bristled brush with your choice of toothpaste, but even dry brushing is effective and better than nothing. You should brush up and down as well as side to side for every tooth in your mouth. This helps to dislodge plaque and other bacterial buildup on the surface of your teeth.

What Flossing Does

With flossing, you use a small piece of dental string to maneuver between the spaces of your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. You should wiggle the floss back and forth, and remember to also curve it around the side of each tooth to kind of buff additional plaque off of your teeth. This protects the sides of the teeth from harmful buildup that can cause decay. It is also an effective way to dislodge annoying pieces of food that get stuck in those small spaces.

Either Way Works

There is no right or wrong way when it comes to the order of brushing and flossing. The most important thing is that you do it every day. It ultimately comes down to personal preference. Some people like the clean feeling of brushing first, then flossing and rinsing the mouth out with water or mouth wash. Other people prefer to floss first to get out anything between the teeth, then brush it all away with toothpaste. Choose what you prefer, and remember to contact our office at Waterside Dental in Pinellas Park to schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Kandy.