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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Should I brush or floss first?

Definitely floss, then brush

It is better to floss and then brush because when you floss, plaque falls onto your teeth. As a result, when you start brushing you will be able to get all plaque off.

You need to floss at least once a day. If you can floss twice a day, you will have really good oral hygiene (the basic recommendation is to floss once a day and brush twice a day).

Brushing your teeth will not clean between your teeth, cleaning every day will prevent bacteria from colonizing or else it will start damaging your teeth within 24 hours. Also clean your mouth after flossing to spit out the bacteria and food particles. Flossing helps fight gingivitis and periodontal diseases, which are the main causes of tooth loss.

Tips to remember

  • 1) Establish a regular routine and time for flossing so you don't forget
  • 2) Brushing only cleans 60 percent of your teeth; so don't forget to floss first.
  • 3) Flossing helps to remove plaque from in between your teeth.
  • 4) Brushing alone only cleans three fourths of your teeth's surfaces, so if you brush and don't floss it is like not cleaning seven of your teeth!
  • 5) Flossing cleans the areas your toothbrush can not reach which is the tooth surfaces between your teeth.

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