According to the Oral Health Foundation, flossing (or interdental cleaning) before brushing is the most effective way to keep your teeth clean. Their study showed that those who flossed before brushing had much cleaner teeth than those who flossed afterward. Flossing first helps loosen up bacteria and food particles so that when you brush, you remove much more plaque.

When you brush your teeth, you only reach three out of five sides. Flossing ensures that you thoroughly clean each surface and reach the areas that your toothbrush can’t.

Flossing also helps lowers your risk of developing gum disease, which has been linked to other health issues such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Flossing is essential to maintaining not only a healthy smile, but an overall healthy life, too.

So next time you brush your teeth, make sure to floss first! If you have questions about your dental health or need to schedule a cleaning, email or give us a call at 607-754-2273.