Brushing and Flossing: What’s the right order and how often do I have to do it?

 

We all know how important it is to brush and floss our teeth, but have you ever wondered how often we’re actually suppose to do it, or which is first: brushing or flossing?

Luckily, the Canadian Dental Association has developed specific guidelines on brushing and flossing regimens. They recommend the following:

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Flossing

Floss at least once per day as it is an integral part to your dental health. Did you know that brushing only removes 2/3 of the bacteria on your tooth surface? Flossing allows you to remove the remaining plaque, which is usually stuck around the base of your tooth, or in between each of your teeth.

Flossing before brushing is the most efficient way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It also feels nice to brush and rinse your teeth after flossing as you can remove any lingering bits of plaque or food particles.

Brushing

It’s best to brush your teeth after every meal since bacteria begins to build up after you eat. Keeping a clean toothbrush in your car, purse, or backpack can remind you to brush more regularly. But if you don’t have a toothbrush on hand, make sure to brush at least once or twice a day, especially before you go to bed.

Brushing and Flossing Technique

Ever wonder if your doing it right? Make sure to ask your dentist or dental hygienist the next time you are in for a visit.

You can also click on the following link for a detailed explanation (with pictures):

http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care/flossing_brushing.asp

We hope that this blog post helped clear up any questions you had when it comes to your dental health regimen. If you have any further questions, feel free to post on our Facebook page or come into Logan Creek Dental for a visit.

Remember, brushing and flossing regularly helps keep your breath fresh and your teeth healthy, all while decreasing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

 

References:

Flossing and Brushing (2016). Canadian Dental Association. Obtained from: http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care/flossing_brushing.asp

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