Did you floss today? How about yesterday? If you answered anything but “yes”, you need to floss. Flossing is imperative to dental and oral health. While toothpaste commercials may suggest that dentists are unable to reach a consensus, the truth is: every dentist and dental organization agrees on the importance of flossing.
Even if you agree and know the importance of flossing, you may be left with certain questions. Today, let’s take a look at a popular question when it comes to flossing: Should you floss before or after brushing?
How Often Should You Floss?
Before answering when you should floss, let’s also answer the question of how often you should floss. The current recommendation is to floss daily. The reason for this is that harmful bacteria, the bacteria that can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay, need only a few hours to replicate and go to work. Flossing daily helps minimize if not eliminate the effect those harmful bacteria can have on your mouth.
Brush First Then Floss Method
When it comes to making the most out of brushing first and then flossing the key is to use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride is a critical component of oral health as it helps keep enamel, the outer protective layer of your teeth, strong.
Without enamel, you may be subject to oral diseases and may require intensive oral surgeries. By brushing with a fluoride toothpaste first and then flossing, you introduce fluoride in between your teeth, allowing for fluoride to help your enamel in those areas.
Floss First Then Brush Method
If you decide to floss before brushing your teeth, then you may be more successful in dislodging plaque and food particles than the brushing first method. However, it should be noted that no way is incorrect. If you’ve been brushing before flossing and have had no dental or oral health issues, then there may be no need to change your method. But most dentists seem to agree that flossing first then brushing can be better for your oral health.
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If you’re looking for a dentist in the Phoenix area, contact Arcadia Dental Arts. With a team dedicated to you and your smile, we’re sure we can help answer any questions you may have. Please get in touch with our office today at 602-957-9643.