Should I brush first or floss first? This is a common question from patient to dentist at Summit Dentists in Houston Texas. The answer is, it doesn’t really matter as long as you do a thorough job of both on a regular basis. Brushing and flossing is the best way to remove decay-causing plaque from your teeth and help maintain optimal oral health. Brush twice a day to clean the plaque from your teeth surface and floss to remove the plaque from in between your teeth.
How do you know if you’re doing a thorough job? Your dentist may recommend using plaque disclosing tablets available over-the-counter at pharmacies and other stores that sell oral hygiene products. Plaque disclosing tablets are chewed after you clean your mouth. Red dye will stain plaque that has not been removed, showing you spots that need additional cleaning.
In addition to your home regimen don’t forget to schedule your regular appointment!