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

You Might Also Enjoy...

Why Technology Matters in Your Dental Health

Technology continues to change the face of dentistry. Discover how the latest innovations, from high-tech X-rays to lasers that detect cavities and whiten your teeth, help ease the stress of visiting the dentist.

Those Chronic Headaches Could Be Linked to TMJ

Headaches are a pain no matter what time of day you experience them, but if you find yourself having headaches when you wake up, you could have a condition known as TMJ Disorder. Learn more about what this is and what you can do about it.

Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease

Bad breath is common, yet embarrassing. It’s not always a sign of a more serious condition, and you may just need to improve your dental hygiene, but if it’s recurring problem, the cause may be periodontal disease. Find out the symptoms of periodontal dise

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters

When your teeth are crooked or your bite is out of balance, your smile and self-confidence suffer — as does your dental health. Straightening your teeth makes you more attractive and prevents decay, damage, and pain caused by misaligned teeth.