Should I Brush or Floss First

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            I’m sure everyone has heard the saying “which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” Well, have you ever given the same thought to “should I brush first or floss first?”

            On May 29, 2015 the New York Times featured ADA (America Dental Academy) spokesman and professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA, Dr. Edmond R. Hewlett to share a little knowledge to answer this question.

            Dr. Hewlett recommends “flossing first”, because that way you “get the unpleasant task out of the way, to avoid the temptations to NOT do it” as the New York Times put it. Dr. Hewlett says “gingivitis is the first step in losing your teeth, flossing is an important part of the cavity control and is a key component for maintaining proper gum health.”

            On June 1, 2015 the Today Show Online also segmented coverage on the same topic consulting another ADA member who also concluded that same basic information.

            So, to sum it all up, YES, you do still need to floss at least once a day to help maintain a healthy smile, it just doesn’t matter if you floss before or after you brush!! And although this highly asked question to brush or floss first can easily be answered, we still are left with the wonder of… which does come first the chicken or the egg!!?


                                                                        Keep your Smile!

                                                                                    Dr. Bob



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