Should I use dental floss before I brush my teeth? Or, is it better to floss after I brush my teeth? The answers to those questions have raged among dental aficionados for centuries. But the decision has now been declared! The members of the American Association of Orthodontists, who are as expertly well-schooled in oral care as dentists, state that recent studies have determined that flossing before brushing is the best way to remove plaque on your teeth.
At the office of Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA, our skilled dentist is an expert at diagnosing dental healthcare issues as well as providing the treatment needed to maintain excellent oral health. Your care and comfort are our top priorities, and our office staff and board-certified dentist will take as much time as you need to address your every concern and explain your options in care.
Flossing before brushing was found to remove plaque, thus increasing the area that the toothpaste’s fluoride reaches. This, in turn, strengthens the enamel, which is where decay starts. Interdental brushes, also called interproximal brushes, can be used instead of dental floss.
You can’t rely solely on visits to your dentist to keep your teeth clean and in good shape. You also play a major role in the process. This requires a dedicated daily routine of care.
Brush your teeth for two minutes following every meal and snack. If brushing isn’t possible, at least rinse out your mouth with water. Use toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. (Look for the organization’s logo on the packaging and tube.) Floss at least once a day, preferably before your nighttime brush.
Don’t retire for the day without having brushed your teeth before you get into bed. Bacteria and particles of food will fester in your mouth overnight and prey on your teeth and gums. When it comes to your overall oral health, be in it to win it!
Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA’s professional team is made up of friendly, highly trained specialists who are eager to help you feel comfortable and relaxed while receiving the very best in dental care. We will scrupulously evaluate your total oral health and patiently answer any questions you have. We’ve earned the trust of all of our patrons and look forward to earning yours. For more information about our practice and how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment.
By Perry L. Jeffries, DDS and Associates, PA
August 25, 2022