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The Great Floss Debate

June 1st, 2015

 A recent article published in the New York Times health section titled, “Ask Well: Floss or Brush First,” revealed that there is professional discrepancy among dentists regarding the importance of flossing before brushing your teeth. Of course, there is professional consensus that both flossing and brushing are essential for optimal health.

The traditional advice was floss before you brush, but it appears that dentists were advising patients of that due to factors of human nature. Few people enjoy flossing, so there is less of a temptation to skip it if you floss before you brush.

Some dentists are advising patients like Jaime Garcia Dias that it is more beneficial to floss after brushing. Dr. Philippe Hujoel, a professor of oral health sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, believes in using fluoride based toothpaste prior to flossing after doing plenty of research. His logic is that flossing afterwards allows the fluoride to clean between the teeth.

The article also revealed that flossing is most beneficial in preventing gingivitis. Flossing is also helpful in preventing cavities, but there is actually very little conclusive evidence that this would be the primary benefit of flossing. One thing is certain, for healthy teeth, make sure to brush and floss, or you can make sure to floss and brush. The order doesn’t matter. The act of doing both does matter.