Should I Brush Or Floss First?

In the great debate between brushing and flossing, Theresa, a hygienist at Gallery57Dental, recommends flossing first.  “Researchers have found that flossing before brushing is the ideal sequence for the most thorough removal of dental plaque.”

Why Floss First?

According to research when you floss first, you pull food debris and bacteria from the gum line and from in between the teeth. This gives the toothbrush better access to the plaque.

The study also found that toothpastes containing fluoride, a mineral that aids in the prevention of tooth decay, works better after you have removed plaque. Plaque can prevent the tooth enamel from readily absorbing the enamel strengthening fluoride in the toothpaste. When you floss first, you expose the enamel between the teeth giving the flouride in the toothpaste better access.

Additional Hygiene Hacks

  • Maintain the health of your smile by sticking to a daily routine of flossing and brushing 2 times a day for 2 minutes.
  • Resist the urge to rinse your mouth after flossing and brushing, as rinsing will wash away the fluoride in your toothpaste. Also wait a couple of hours to use any mouthwash.
  • See your dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned and examined for potential problems that might be developing. To schedule a visit, call us today at 212.246.8700. Follow Gallery57Dental on Facebook here!

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