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Do You Floss Before or After You Brush?

I know this question seems somewhat trivial, but it has sparked an earnest debate at my house and the debate continued here at Sugar HQ. I'm not sure if your answer says anything about your character or commitment to dental health, but folks tend to fall clearly on one side or the other. So tell me . . .

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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I don't floss but I use listerine! I feel this is punishment enough. =)
zeppelinrules zeppelinrules 8 years
when i went to school for dental assisting, they said to floss first, then brush
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 8 years
Wow, it had never occurred to me to floss before brushing (probably because I only time I remember to floss is WHILE I'm brushing.... "oh yeah, I should probably floss, too") but flossing beforehand makes sense. I think I will switch!
ferret ferret 8 years
I rinse, floss, brush, waterpik. Is that an overkill? :) I never was so diligent about flossing until my hygenist said this to me, You know how your mouth feels fuzzy in the morning after you wake up? That's building up between your teeth, and brushing can't get there. Now I can't get that out of my mind!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i floss first. That's what the dentist told me is best so I follow his rules! I recently had an allergic reaction to mouthwash so now I'm terrified to try anymore
ellieb ellieb 8 years
I like to floss while brushing-- start brushing, after a minute or so, floss, then finish brushing. It all tastes like toothpaste and it helps the paste get in between my teeth. I find that my mouth feels cleaner longer with this method.
KayEff KayEff 8 years
I like to floss first... it's more satisfying to see the gunk that comes off!
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I brush, floss, then rinse with listerine. :)
chelseacbboyles chelseacbboyles 8 years
I brush then floss - the order is for no reason whatsoever! I am happy for advice on what is the "better" way to do it! I will do whatever it takes because good hygiene is important to me (espeially dental).
ImJessica ImJessica 8 years
You're supposed to floss before. Brushing cleans the spaces you cleared by flossing.
bleached bleached 8 years
It used to be brush, floss, rinse but my wonderful dental hygienist said that flossing before is better. So that's what I do now.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Floss, brush, then rinse.
hottpink hottpink 8 years
I floss then brush. That's the way my dental hygienist does it.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm with Kimpossible. It happens to be the order my hygienist does it.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I rinse (to loosen and get out initial gunk), then brush (to clean teeth), and finally floss (to get what's left).
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
brush then floss ... because i feel flossing gets the stuff brushing didn't ... and then i use mouthwash
Ayu Ayu 8 years
I bursh first, then floss. When I eat cereal in the evening, I have particulary lot of residue stuck between my teeth, so I first remove that with the toothbrush and then clear under my gums with floss.
teegaall teegaall 8 years
Floss then brush, same reason as Advah.
Advah Advah 8 years
I floss then brush, because I feel brushing helps removing what flossing didn't. It seems logical to me, but I'm not sure it actually is the way to go so I'm happy to hear advice!
ShariB ShariB 8 years
I do it the way my dental hygienist does it -- floss then brush.
rodrive rodrive 8 years
if i eat something like popcorn, i floss first then brush. but usually, i brush first then floss, and use tom's of maine to rinse. please don't put alcohol into your mouth people!! my periodontist told me that its horrible for your mouth and teeth, (listerine) contrary to what people want what you to think. just read the ingredient list on a bottle of listerine. we don't like to eat stuff we can't pronounce, so our mouthwash shouldn't be any different :) sorry i went off on a tangent. and who answered this survey with "i don't floss"! lol!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I brush, then floss, then rinse with mouthwash.
Silje Silje 8 years
I brush, then floss, then brush to get rid of the stuff from the flossing. Don't do it very often, but I do it.
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