Should I Floss Before or After I Brush my Teeth?

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

Flossing at least once a day is an essential part of maintaining optimal oral health. As a regular part of your dental hygiene routine, flossing removes food particles, plaque, and tartar from in between your teeth, helping prevent issues such as gum disease and bad breath, and the more frequently you floss, the less likely you are to develop serious oral health issues.

When to Floss

There is some debate in the dental community regarding when it is best to floss. Some argue that flossing before you brush allows food particles knocked loose by the string to be fully removed by the toothbrush. Others argue that flossing after your brush allows remaining fluoride to be moved in between teeth. Both of these arguments are valid, but when you floss is not nearly as important as that you actually floss.

Dr. Young and our experienced hygienists would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail during your regularly scheduled dental visits.

To learn more about properly caring for your teeth and gums, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry or call (281) 367-5559 to schedule an appointment with Texas general dentist Dr. Scott Young.

By |November 6th, 2013|General Dentistry|