One of the reasons people give for not flossing their teeth is that it’s hard to fit it into their daily schedule. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want to remind those folks that flossing their teeth is every bit as important to their dental health as brushing.
It has an entirely different role, of course. Where brushing removes plaque from the surface of the teeth and along the gum line, flossing gets into the tight spaces between your teeth. It loosens the debris that always gets wedged in, and any plaque building up.
In short, it gets those places that your toothbrush can’t.
Should you floss before brushing, or after? The jury is out on that one. Some research suggests that flossing first can make brushing more effective. The idea is that after flossing, there isn’t any gunk between your teeth. The fluoride in your toothpaste is able to get in there better.
Before or after? Do whichever you prefer. Just make sure you find the time to do it! While you watch TV at night, or while you take a bath – wherever and whenever you’ve got a few spare minutes.
At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.
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