Should I Floss Before or After I Brush?

woman with braces smiling after flossing her teeth

Occasionally, we find ourselves questioning our at-home dental practices since we only see our dental professionals as little as twice a year. Flossing is one of our important at-home dental practices that is often forgotten. Is it important to floss? When is the best time to floss? We answer these common questions about flossing below:

Is it Important to Floss?

There are many different beliefs about flossing, however, the bottom line is that it is an important part of our dental routine. Flossing can sometimes be seen as a chore when having to add it as an extra step to traditional brushing. There are also many different types of floss to use such as waxed, unwaxed, flavored floss, floss picks, and more. All of these types of floss work great to get in between your teeth and to get into those hard to reach places that a toothbrush cannot. Finding a flossing tool that you are most comfortable with can make it much easier to incorporate flossing into your daily routine.

When is the Best Time to Floss?

When running late for work in the morning, it can be hard to slow your pace down to pay particular attention to flossing. As long as you are flossing once every day, you are already making your mouth healthier. The best time to floss is before bedtime, after you are done eating for the day. As long as you are flossing, it does not matter if it is before or after your brush your teeth. Whether you floss before or after you brush is up to you and what you are most comfortable with! To keep your mouth the healthiest it can be, make sure to visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam, and professional cleaning.

If you want to schedule an appointment to learn more about flossing and how to maintain good oral health, contact local dentist in Newburgh, Dr. Michael Koumas.


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