It’s a little bit like the chicken-or-egg question: which should you do first, brush your teeth, or floss them? The answer depends on who you ask. At Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury PA, we just want you to do both, because they’re both critical to dental health.
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 Americans, with a slight edge going to those who brush first. We think you should do whichever you prefer. Just be sure to do both!
Our recommendations are in line with the American Dental Association:
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, and so is proper technique.
At Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury PA, services inlcude cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.