When Should I Floss My Teeth?


Whenever you are brushing and flossing, do you ever stop to consider if you are doing it in the best way possible? After all, you might wonder if you are using the best toothbrush for your needs, the right floss, the right toothpaste or mouth rinse, and so on. One of the perennial questions we hear from patients at KC Smile in Overland Park, KS is “when to floss”?

Naturally, the first answer we always give is that you should floss at least once each day, but preferably each time your brush your teeth and after meals if possible. Regular and dedicated brushing and flossing are one of the best ways to avoid the development of gum disease and it keeps your breath as fresh as possible.

As your dentist in Overland Park, though, we also ask you to consider that question in another way – when, in the process of brushing and flossing, is it best to floss? Before brushing, during it, or afterward? What is the best way to use this step in your daily routine to cut your chances at periodontal disease?

The simplest answer is…before you brush. This is because it is an ideal way to remove and loosen all of the debris stuck between the teeth and at the gum line. Then, you can brush away any of these materials and rinse fully while your gums are still fresh.

Keep in mind that you can always learn a lot about your ideal approach when you have a general dentistry in our office. This area of our practice is called preventative dentistry for an important reason – its goal is to prevent you from developing such unwanted issues as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease and more. Your general dentist is a great resource for finding out where your daily routine might be failing.

As a prime example of this, you might learn that a water pick would be far better for your needs than regular floss. You might learn that a rinse is necessary to help combat issues like periodontal disease. It’s great that you brush and floss, but if you floss before brushing, you can really make the most of your efforts.

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Do you have other concerns about our oral hygiene routine? If so, give us a call at our Overland Park, KS office at 913-491-6874. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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