When is the best time to floss?
There are still debates whether it is better to floss before or after brushing your teeth. Recent studies show that neither time is better than the other, but dentists’ opinions still vary.
Dr. Edmond Hewlett, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association, and a professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA, recommends flossing first. His reasoning is it is better to get done with the more unpleasant task first, since some people tend to skip flossing. Hewlett said, “Let’s face human nature, if you’re going to skip one, which one will you skip?”
Dr. Philippe Hujoel, an oral health sciences professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, on the other hand, recommends brushing with fluoride toothpaste before flossing. That way, the mouth will have fluoride as you move the floss around, he reasons.
Either way, flossing has a main benefit: it firms up bloody gums and reduces gum inflammation, more commonly known as gingivitis.