Is There A Recommended Order For Brushing Teeth, Mouthwash And Flossing?

Published: January 19, 2015
Dear Is There A Recommended Order For Brushing Teeth, Mouthwash And Flossing?,

Is there a recommended order for brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, and flosing?


Dear Is There A Recommended Order For Brushing Teeth, Mouthwash And Flossing?,

FX would like to start by saying that it is important to brush twice a day, floss once a day and use mouthwash at least once a day. In order to care for your teeth and gums you want to make sure you are cleaning them in a way where plaque is unable to form – and doing all three of these things on a daily basis will help in this effort.

As for brushing or flossing first, different dentists will recommend different things. Some recommend brushing first to loosen up buildup, making it easier to floss and fit the floss around the teeth. Other dentists will recommend flossing first and then brushing to remove whatever debris in your mouth the flossing left behind. But since the goal is to disturb the plaque in your mouth so it can’t sit and form cavities and other oral problems, either option will do the job. If your dentist has a particular recommendation, you can always go with that. Or you can simply go in the order that is your own personal preference.

What is agreed upon by most dentists is that rinsing with a fluoride-containing mouthwash should be your final step. This will help keep you plaque-free, prevent gum disease and keep your breath fresh.

If you have any questions about cleaning your teeth and gums, or which products would be best for you to use, speak to your dentist.

If you do not currently have a dentist, ask your doctor, friend or family member for a referral. You can also use the ADA (American Dental Association) ADA Find-a-Dentist feature. If you have dental insurance, you can also contact the insurance company to find an in-network provider.

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