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Should You Brush Or Floss First?

It’s one of the most common questions dental patients ask: “Which comes first, brushing or flossing?” And the answer is one of the biggest debates for professionals. In our opinion, it makes no difference, as long as you do a thorough job — after all, it only takes four minutes out of your day!

Tip #1:

Choose a toothbrush that has a grip on the handle, a head small enough to clean all the hard to reach places, and soft bristles so you don’t damage your gums.

Tip #2:

Only pull 18-24 inches of dental floss from the dispenser. However, If you have difficulty using classic floss, there are plenty of other options we well (i.e. special brushes, picks, or sticks).

Tip #3:

Use plaque disclosing tablets to determine if you’re brushing and flossing properly! Red dye will stain plaque that has not been removed, showing you areas that need additional cleaning.

For more information on how to properly brush and floss your teeth, visit www.ada.org. For more tips and tricks when it comes to your oral care, check out our blog!

Contact us today to find out how Dr. Speaks can help you gain a straighter, healthier smile. At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at (720) 513-3743. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.