It’s a little bit like the chicken-or-egg question: which should you do first, brush your teeth, or floss them? At Cornwall Dental Arts, our answer is: the jury is still out on that one.
The answer to that question usually depends on who you ask. Some dentists will tell you it’s better to floss first. That way, you loosen plaque, or food debris from between your teeth, and brush it away. Also, you won’t be tempted to skip flossing after you’ve brushed.
On the other hand, some dentists say it’s better to brush first. Then when you floss, you’ll get some toothpaste between your teeth.
According to one survey, there’s about a fifty-fifty split among people who were asked, with a slight edge going to brushing first. We think you should do whichever you prefer. Just be sure to do both!
Our recommendations are in line with most dental authorities:
- Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day
- Use a soft-bristle brush, replaced every three months
- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line
- Brush in circular, half-tooth-wide strokes
- Be sure to get the back teeth
- Be sure to get in, outer, and top surfaces
- Don’t forget your tongue!
- With flossing, use about eighteen inches of floss, so you’ve got a clean piece for each section
Brushing and flossing are an essential part of your dental health regimen. So is seeing us at Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario for a check-up twice a year. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.
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