I was recently asked weather it is better to floss before or after brushing your teeth. This is a great question! I personally floss after I brush my teeth, but the ADA suggests that flossing before you brush may help get more Fluoride from the toothpaste between the teeth. However, if you are like me and prefer to floss after you brush, consider a floss with Fluoride in the strands like Reach Brand.

Or, you can purchase the Air Flosser by Sonicare. Fill the chamber with Fluoridated mouthwash, like ACT Mouthwash, instead of water and you will blast cavity preventingĀ  fluoride between your teeth. The Air Flosser is something I use routinely at home and can be purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond/ Target/ Meijer etc.

However, it is always better to floss than not to floss, so keep up the good work and don’t be afraid to ask about flossing at your next visit.

For instructions on how to floss, visit: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/flossing.aspx

~Dr. Curtis