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Should You Floss Before or After Brushing?

Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is not just about brushing; it involves a holistic approach that includes flossing and mouthwash. But even within these routines, there's a debate: should you floss before or after brushing? While conventional wisdom often suggests flossing after brushing, emerging advice may surprise you. The American Dental Association now advocates for prioritizing flossing before brushing, citing potential benefits.

In a small-scale study from 2018, two test groups showed significant differences when flossing was done before brushing. Those who flossed first experienced a notable reduction in overall plaque and higher fluoride concentrations compared to those who brushed before flossing. This is attributed to flossing loosening plaque and dislodging food particles, allowing for a more thorough cleansing, particularly in the interdental spaces that brushes alone might miss.

However, if you're accustomed to flossing after brushing, there's no need to panic. Dentists stress the importance of consistent flossing regardless of when you do it, emphasizing that the act itself is paramount. Whether you floss in the morning or at night, what matters most is incorporating it into your routine regularly.

For optimal results, consider integrating flossing into your routine before brushing. This approach, complemented by effective flossing practices, can contribute to a healthier oral environment. Remember, consistency is key, so find a timing that works for you and stick to it.

More tips for effective flossing practices.


  • Use fresh floss each time.

  • Move to a clean section of floss for each tooth.

  • Be gentle when flossing near the gums.

  • Floss in a C-shape between teeth.

  • Consider using a water flosser, like Waterpik, if regular floss is challenging.

  • Avoid using improvised flossing tools like knives or safety pins.

Maintaining optimal oral health involves more than just brushing and flossing. Regular hygiene visits to By The Lake Dental every 4-6 months are essential to keep your smile in top shape! Book an appointment today!

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