Many people know that things like brushing and flossing their teeth are recommended by dentists as part of a good oral hygiene routine. However, some patients aren't clear on the finer details. Here, our Saskatoon dentists talk about flossing and brushing in detail.
A question you may have before starting your oral hygiene routine might be "should I be brushing or flossing first?" In this post, our Saskatoon dentists aim to solve this very quandary. The first thing we need to do then is talk about the importance of brushing and flossing and what each practice does for us.
Reasons to Brush
The reasons there are to brush one's teeth don't need to be re-introduced. They are some of the first lessons in cleanliness that a child learns. We advise that all of our patients brush their teeth at least twice each day. Brushing teeth cleans and clears out our teeth of plaque, food debris and bacteria and can prevent a number of negative oral health issues. When conducted properly, toothbrushing cleans the surface of our teeth as well as our gums.
Brushing twice a day helps by keeping teeth and gums clean, limiting the buildup of harmful bacteria and; ideally, preventing gum disease and tooth decay. This routine complements your regular visits to the dentist for dental cleanings and exams.
Reasons to Floss
Flossing is important because it helps keep the areas of our mouth clean that brushing does not always reach. Flossing ideally keeps the spaces between our teeth, as well as just below the gum line, free of unwanted bacteria and buildup. In turn, flossing's aid in keeping our mouths clean can lead to fewer health complications and an overall better experience when it comes to the maintenance of good oral health.
We recommend flossing at least once each day. Oral hygiene care is predominantly about building your routine through habits. We recommend leaving your floss somewhere that you can easily see it because of this, forming a bond in your mind between brush your teeth and flossing.
Should you brush or floss first?
We recommend flossing before brushing your teeth. What is most important is that you always do both in accordance with your dental care routine.
We recommend flossing first due in large part to the possibility of flossing to loosen bacteria and food debris both on and between our teeth. This can make brushing more successful at removing food particles.
Another benefit applies if you use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride is a compound of fluorine with another element or group, and it helps keep teeth clean. If you floss after brushing, it is more likely to remove the fluoride in your toothpaste, which might make it less effective.
We should always try and do the best we can when it comes to maintaining an excellent standard of oral health care, and sometimes small changes can have an outsized impact on our dental care routines. Choosing to brush after flossing could be one of those small changes. If you have to this point flossed after brushing, we suggest trying the inverse, and flossing before brushing.