All patients know that taking care of the smile between dental visits often requires brushing and flossing. Brushing should be done after every meal, while flossing is often done once a day, typically at night. But which one should you do first? Brush or floss?
Most patients find that they will routinely brush their teeth before they floss. They feel that the reason for this is because their toothbrush and toothpaste will get most of the teeth clean, and flossing afterwards helps in removing what was missed or couldn’t be reached.
On the flip side, other patients may find that it is easier to floss first, then brush. With this mentality, flossing removes food from between the teeth, allowing fluoride toothpaste and the toothbrush to reach every surface of each tooth. Fluoride can then reach in-between the teeth to work its best.
Regardless, the order in which a patient brushes and flosses is a truly personal one. There is no way that is better than another, as long as patients are being thorough when brushing and are being proactive in caring for their smiles.
This is what is truly important! Below are a few other tips to consider when brushing and flossing:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is not frayed.
- Clean the teeth with a toothpaste that is formulated with fluoride.
- Brush for at least two minutes total, and hit all areas of the smile during this time.
- Brush the tongue to help control bad breath.
- Floss the teeth to remove food particles between the teeth.
- Use a mouthwash when finished to clean one step further.
- Change your toothbrush every three to six months, and especially after illnesses.
Learn more tips from the team at Arcadia Dental Arts
Dr. John Pappas and the team at Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, AZ work routinely with patients to help them understand the importance of proper dental health between visits. Patients in the area who want more information in regards to how to care for the teeth every day are welcome to book an appointment and evaluation with our team. Call (602) 957-9643 to request a consultation visit and speak to our professionals at our facility, conveniently located at 4124 North 40th Street.