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Whatever your style – flosser, string, AirFloss, WaterPik – you have heard that flossing is one of the best things you can do to maintain healthy teeth. Thankfully, we have moved past the question of why you should floss and have moved on to when. But even dentists are divided on the issue.
Removing the bits of food and debris from your teeth may feel like something of an urgent matter, so it makes sense to reach for the floss first. The particles that you’ve stirred up can be swept away by your follow-up brushing. Running the thread in between your teeth after brushing has the benefit of bringing fluoride into those hard-to-reach places. A rinsing can also flush out whatever the floss has dislodged.
Studies directly examining the sequence of brushing and flossing are surprisingly few. There is no definitive advice, so the best timing for your daily flossing should be tailored to your convenience. Are you one to rush through washing up before bed because you’re constantly exhausted at the day’s end? Are you prone to skipping any part of your routine? You may want to consider flossing first, as getting into that habit will minimize abandoning the task after brushing. Try switching up your order and see if there is any difference in results or your willingness. If you are too tired late at night, try getting a good floss in earlier in the day.
Always remember the two most important parts of your flossing habit are actually doing it, and doing it right!
Not all chewing gum are created equally. Although people have been chewing gum for centuries, there’s a critical difference between gum that can help your teeth and gum that can ruin your teeth: sugar! Sugarless gum has been shown to have oral health benefits and can even help to prevent tooth decay! In fact, chewing […]
When you think of dental hygiene, a toothbrush and toothpaste immediately comes to mind. A cult has been built around toothpaste-a thousand different varieties, brands, flavors, and functions exist. Each new commercial touts a different dentist’s recommendation, and consumers are left baffled in the drugstore aisle wondering if whitening specialties really work. Unfortunately, all of […]
Many people think that orthodontics is as simple as just applying pressure on teeth until they move to their desired location. However, what they fail to consider is the importance of using the right tools to move the teeth as well as taking the proper care and consideration of the root structures and the impact […]
We all seem to know a thing or two about plaque, but the overall population knows a lot less about tartar. Tartar is a hard, yellow substance that forms on your teeth when plaque is not properly removed and is left to harden. Once plaque turns to tartar, it’s bad news for teeth. While plaque […]
Dentists, for good reason, care a lot about plaque. Brushing and flossing regularly is essential to reducing plaque and keeping your teeth and gums free from bacteria. However, plaque can harbor plenty of information about an individual, as it is one of the most DNA rich areas of the human body. Sticky plaque catches all […]
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