I’m occasionally asked by my patients which order should brushing and flossing be done? You may be surprised to find that it can make a difference in your oral health.
A 2018 study concluded that it’s better to floss your teeth before brushing. This order allows for the most thorough removal of trapped food particles and dental plaque between your teeth.
Brushing your teeth after flossing and then rinsing well with water will best clear debris from your mouth. Brushing before flossing can cause bacteria and plaque to stay in your mouth and on your teeth, which could result in periodontal disease over time.
The most important thing is to brush and floss your teeth every day, without exceptions.
You’re still making an important commitment to your overall health and well-being, whether you brush or floss 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 (979) 968-9451 or schedule an appointment online.
Dr. Karen Roberts