Is It Better To Floss or Brush First?

Is It Better To Floss or Brush First?
Posted on 03/22/2019
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Is It Better To Floss or Brush First?

As you probably already know, a daily oral health care regimen that includes both brushing and flossing is essential to keeping both teeth and gums healthy. Yet like others, you probably have one key question on your mind. Which should come first: flossing or brushing? At Lakewood Dental Arts, we hear that question quite a bit. As your Lakewood, CA family dentist and orthodontist,  we don’t just offer a full menu of services and treatments to help you maintain a healthy smile for life. We also want to arm our patients with the right information to make smart care decisions.  

About Brushing and Flossing

Our doctors, along with The American Dental Association, recommend that people brush at least twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once daily. That’s because these two methods remove harmful debris and dental plaque from teeth and gums. Dental plaque wreaks its own havoc by interacting with sugar to produce acids that destroy tooth enamel and infect the gums. Cleaning it away is particularly important since it can harden into hard-to-remove tartar as well as trigger many kinds of problems if left unattended:

  • Cavities
  • Tooth decay and loss
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Periodontal disease

  • Should I Brush First Or Floss First?

    According to the ADA, it doesn’t matter whether you brush or floss first. Surprised? As long as you do both regularly and thoroughly, you can brush and floss in whichever order you want. Some find that brushing first may make it easier to work the floss or interdental cleaning tool between their teeth. At the same time, flossing first clears interdental debris out of the mouth. 

    Contact Lakewood Dental Arts Today

    Lakewood Dental Arts is devoted to helping patients of all ages achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. For more than 30 years, we’ve offered comprehensive, high-quality dental and orthodontic care with several specialists under one roof. Whether you need a pediatric dentist, periodontist, endodontist, orthodontist, cosmetic dentist, or a general dentist, you’ll find every service you need in our comfortable and convenient practice. To explore treatment options such as regular cleanings, fillings, clear braces and more, use our online appointment request form or call our office at (562) 866-1735 today!