Article Considers Whether To Floss Or Brush First

Brush or Floss First
Posted on 11/13/2018
We all know the daily commandments of dental hygiene: brush and floss your teeth, every day. This is good advice, as daily brushing and flossing is critical to keeping teeth clean and cavity-free. But there's one aspect of this routine you may not have considered: is it better to brush your teeth first or floss first? At Tennessee River Dental, we strive to be a comprehensive dental health resource for patients throughout Hixson and the surrounding areas, so here are a few thoughts on the order of oral hygiene. 

Should You Brush or Floss First?

A new article from Well and Good considers the question of whether to floss first or brush first, consulting a few dental health experts on the subject. Surprisingly, the results are mixed: it seems that some experts recommend flossing before brushing, some recommend brushing before flossing, and some even recommend brushing then flossing before you spit out the toothpaste, as this will help fluoride penetrate into the nooks and crannies between the teeth. 

What all the experts seem to agree on, however, is the importance of both brushing and flossing your teeth daily, regardless of the order. Dr. Randall agrees:

"There are mixed results in studies looking at the impact of the order of brushing and flossing," explains Dr. Randall. "The bottom line with brushing and flossing is simply to remove the plaque and bacteria that lead to cavities and gum disease."

However, even though Dr. Randall may not have a professional recommendation, he does admit to a personal preference:

"I personally floss before I brush as my teeth feel cleaner afterward but that is an anecdotal and subjective opinion," he says. 

But as in the article, Dr. Randall emphasizes that what matters isn't the order of brushing and flossing – it's the act of doing both, every day:

"As long as we're minimizing the time that acid and sugar are in contact with the teeth, we can set ourselves up for a good chance of remaining cavity-free."

Schedule a Consultation with Your Red Bank & Hixson Dentist

Brushing and flossing are absolutely vital to maintaining healthy, beautiful teeth, but so is maintaining regular dental checkups and cleanings with your Hixson dentist. If you think it might be time for an exam or a dental consultation, we encourage you to request an appointment online at our office. We look forward to helping you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile, and whether you choose to brush first or floss first, we wish you luck in keeping up a diligent oral hygiene regimen!