Controversy: Floss first? or Brush first?

I have taken into consideration both approaches and here is my take on this highly debated topic.

If you floss first, you're dealing with a larger amount of plaque. You'll see a lot more plaque being removed than if you floss after brushing. Flossing gets the plaque out from under the gums and in between teeth. But I also see flossing as 'fine-tuning' after getting the big stuff out of the way with the brush. Once the big load is removed, the fine-tuning can be more effective. 

In conclusion, I floss after I brush with the Sonicare, and rinse thoroughly.

Happy flossing!
Author
Dr. Hyun S. Bang, D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery Loma Linda University 2008

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