Which Comes First, Brushing or Flossing?

Everyone knows that brushing and flossing are the keys to help prevent dental disease. When adding improving your overall health to your New Year’s resolutions, do you know what is important for your oral hygiene routine? You’ve heard and read that oral health is linked to general wellbeing. But do you know the best ways to enhance your homecare hygiene regimen? There are so many products on the market that sometimes it’s difficult to know which of them would best suit you. And, if you’ve ever wondered, “What comes first, brushing or flossing?” Read on!

Oral Hygiene Routine BlogOur three hygienists, Cheryl, Karen, and Carrie stress the importance of excellent home healthcare to their patients. They recommend flossing twice a day, prior to brushing. Of course, the most important time is before bedtime. Flossing dislodges food so that it doesn’t sit between teeth during the nighttime and form plaque. When plaque forms and continues to build up, it can lead to oral problems, hence it is important to disrupt the mass of bacteria and remove it daily. Your hygienist is happy to share with you the best way to hold the floss to ensure it dislodges the food particles but does not damage gum tissue. Flossing before brushing is a lot like dusting before you vacuum. The particles will loosen with flossing and the brushing will sweep them away.

Of course, we’re all aware that the second step in a good regimen is brushing. But, did you know that it’s best to set a timer until you become comfortable with a 2-minute routine?

Drs. Hochberg and Diora look at your mouth in terms of quadrants. Therefore, your mouth consists on four separate quadrants and to ensure proper use of your two minute brushing session, we recommend spending 30 seconds in each quadrant. Like flossing, this brushing routine should take place two times a day! Of course, it’s always helpful to brush after breakfast and before bedtime.

To top off your daily oral healthcare routine, cleaning your tongue is an easy addition and will benefit your mouth greatly. Take your toothbrush, and brush from back to front to properly clean the tongue. Or you may prefer a tongue scraper, which can be purchased at most grocery stores or pharmacies. The finishing touch for optimum oral health is antibacterial mouthwash. Sip a small amount and swish for 30-40 seconds. Spit it out and you are done! While this may seem like a lengthy routine, it really takes less than five minutes and can save you, and your teeth, time in the dental chair. We promise!

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