Posted on August 13th, 2021
When it comes to your oral hygiene routine, have you ever wondered what you should do first? According to recent studies, there is an ideal sequence to your routine. What researchers have found is that flossing your teeth before brushing them may be the most effective and efficient way to remove plaque from your teeth. They have also found that this two-step process (floss then brush) was found to increase fluoride concentration that is delivered to the teeth from toothpaste. This is important because the fluoride concentration in toothpaste makes your tooth enamel stronger against decay. Additionally, when you floss first, you pull food debris, saliva, and bacteria from the gum line and from in between your teeth, where you can easily brush it away with a toothbrush. Flossing second allows the particles to remain on your teeth and gums until the next time you brush—giving plaque enough time to turn into stubborn and harmful tartar.
This simple two-step process can not only effectively remove dental plaque but also strengthen your teeth. To reap these benefits, we suggest applying the following to your oral hygiene routine.
Why is oral hygiene necessary?
Without maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine, you put yourself at risk of poor oral health. Your clear aligners do not cause oral health issues, but they may create areas for potential decay when you do not brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after meals and before putting them back on. When plaque and food accumulate between your teeth and aligners this can lead to cavities, swollen gums, bad breath, and periodontal disease.
To avoid poor oral health, proper oral care is essential. Next time you’re starting your routine, consider starting with flossing before you brush to help protect your teeth and overall oral health.