Should I Brush First or Floss First?

Mar 15, 2013

From years and years of visiting the dentist, we all know what we need to do during our oral hygiene routine to keep our mouth as healthy as possible: We need to brush for two minutes, floss between our teeth and rinse for 30-60 seconds with a fluoride mouthwash. But do you know what the optimal order of these is?

First, floss your teeth. It’s up to your personal preference whether you use waxed or unwaxed floss. By flossing first, you give your toothpaste a chance to get in between your teeth and clean.

Next, brush your teeth for two minutes. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to strengthen your teeth and doesn’t contain any abrasive ingredients, as these can scratch off your tooth enamel. Be sure to cover all of the surfaces of your teeth and brush your tongue to rid it of the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Rinse your mouth for 30-60 seconds with a mouthwash that contains fluoride. A fluoride mouthwash will aid your toothpaste in strengthening your teeth and can protect your teeth at night while you sleep.

If you are interested in more information about proper oral hygiene techniques, contact Noble Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today. Dr. Jahangiri can help you make your smile healthier than ever.