Should I Brush First or Floss First?
Posted on 01/18/2019
Should I Brush First or Floss First?

Ordering Your Oral Hygiene

We all know that brushing and flossing are critical components of oral health, but how does the order play into things? Should you brush first, floss first, or not worry about it?

As it turns out, the answer is mostly the latter. In terms of oral health outcomes, whether you brush your teeth or floss them first has very little impact: what's important is that you do both on a daily basis. So long as you're being diligent with your oral hygiene routine, you can brush or floss your teeth in any order you like.

That said, we do have a small recommendation on this subject. In our experience, it's better to floss teeth before brushing them. The reason here is psychological: chances are, you're more likely to skip flossing than brushing, and flossing after brushing makes it all the more tempting. By getting flossing out of the way first, you'll likely be more consistent in your oral hygiene regimen and improve the health of your teeth.

Contact Your Edmonton, AB Orthodontist

Whether you choose to floss your teeth before or after brushing them, just remember that consistency is what really counts: so long as you're diligent with daily brushing and flossing, you can protect your teeth from cavities. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions about oral hygiene or orthodontic treatment, and don't forget to check back to this blog for more insights on all things orthodontic. Until then, we wish you luck in keeping your teeth and braces clean and healthy – no matter what order you do it in!