FAQ : "Is it Better to Floss Before or After I Brush?"

Updated: Nov 6, 2019

A common question we get asked is "Which is better - to floss and then brush, or to brush and then floss?"

A poll on MouthHealthy.org showed close results when they asked readers when they flossed.  53% of readers flossed after they brushed, and 47% said they flossed before brushing.

Flossing teeth pic

The answer is ... EITHER, as long as your are flossing at least once a day!  The key is to get that mechanical action to remove the plaque and disrupt the bacteria layer on the teeth before it can irritate the gums and before it turns into hardened tartar (aka "calculus").  

Flossers and other tiny brushes (such as "Go-Betweens" or Soft-Picks) are an option to clean between the teeth for those who have difficulty with regular floss.

We would love to help you with flossing tips and any other dental care needs - Contact us here!

Happy Flossing! Dr. Bruce Nelson and Staff

Bruce Nelson, DDS     
1776 East Glendale Ave.     
Phoenix, Arizona 85020 

602-678-4500

 

info@bnelsondds.com
 

Dr. Bruce Nelson, general dentist in Phoenix, Arizona, strives to assist his patients in the prevention and diagnosis of dental issues including periodontal disease. Dr. Nelson offers LANAP Laser Surgery, Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign, and Dental Implants. His practice serves patients from Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and the surrounding areas. Call (602) 678-4500 to schedule your appointment today or click here to request an appointment online! 

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