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SHOULD YOU BRUSH OR FLOSS FIRST?

By January 11, 2021 No Comments

Flossing is an integral part of the recommended routine daily dental care. Indeed, teeth brushing and flossing are essential to prevent cavities, bad breath and stop gum disease.

Did you know that when you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 35 percent of tooth surfaces in your mouth? That’s because brushing simply cannot get into those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth. Unfortunately, however, bacteria can!

But what is the best sequence to clean our teeth?

A recent study in Journal of Periodontology (JOP) looked at this issue for the ideal sequence for plaque removal. 

This study assessed 25 participants who were asked to brush their teeth first, then use dental floss to clean the spaces between their teeth (brush-floss). In a second phase, the same group was asked to use floss, then brush their teeth (floss-brush). Researchers found that the amount of plaque between the teeth and in the mouth overall was significantly reduced when participants used the floss-brush approach.

Flossing before brushing may reduce dental plaque and help maximize the benefits of cavity-fighting fluoride

All in all, it doesn’t much matter what you use to floss, what matters is that you do! Correct daily flossing can make all the difference in your oral health and is one of the simplest ways to prevent tooth decay. So, since human beings have been cleaning between their teeth for centuries, all we have to say is keep up the good work, and floss on!

For any questions on teeth cleaning London, contact our dental Hyginiest London. Thank you for reading this blog

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