Did you know that brushing your teeth only cleans the surface. That is roughly around 60% of our teeth. But what about the plaque and bacteria that seeps into the gaps between the teeth? Flossing is a fundamental part of keeping teeth clean and needed to break up and remove plaque not only from between the teeth but also the gum line. This build-up can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
According to a poll by MouthHealthy.org 53% of readers brush before they floss, while 47% said after. So, who is right? Both. The thing about flossing is that it is important to do it. Before or after brushing doesn’t matter as long as you do a thorough job at least once a day. But slowly so your entire mouth can be clean. Brushing will miss bacteria and debris.