There is a lot of conflicting information out in the public about how to care for your teeth. Should you floss before or after your brush your teeth? To rinse or not to rinse, that is the real question.
Here at Bethany Family Dental, the doctor wants to clear up some rumors. We decided to dedicate this blog post to helping you understand the best way to care for your teeth.
First of all, brushing and flossing your teeth daily are an essential part of your oral health care routine. We always say prevention is the best way to have healthy teeth. When you floss and brush your teeth, you protect your teeth from future damage.
Of course visiting your dentist at least twice a year, is important as well. But let us dive a little deeper.
Many patients tell us they floss after they brush their teeth. Although there is nothing particularly wrong about this, it is best to floss before you brush your teeth.
Dr. Nathan Austria says, “If you use dental floss before you brush, the fluoride from your toothpaste will have a better chance of reaching between teeth.”
Should you rinse after brushing?
Many people rinse their mouth with water after brushing their teeth. “The last step many of us take in our tooth brushing routine is to rinse out our mouths with a little water. As it turns out, that’s actually a bad idea,” says the doctor. In reality, when you do this, you’re just washing off the film from the toothpaste.
Use a mouthwash for best results.
The best time to use a mouthwash is not right after you brush your teeth. Don’t use mouthwash straight after brushing your teeth. Instead, choose a separate time, such as after lunch”