Floss, Brush or Mouthwash First – What’s the Right Order?

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Anne Donaldson

I'm happy to give you the best advice to get an exceptional oral health. From my professional practice I know that good habits and the right tools are all you need.
Anne Donaldson

We all know it’s important to brush, floss and use mouthwash. Now let’s look at the combinations that work.

There are many different routines of oral care: Brush before flossing, or floss before brushing. And, when to use the mouthwash? What order is the correct order? The order in which you combine all your oral hygiene tools is really important.

First step: Flossing

I think we’re gonna probably have to work pretty hard at it to get the official name change. But instead of brushing and flossing for now on, you should call it floss-brush-rinse. So first you floss or use a water pick. Then you follow that with brushing and lastly, use a fluoridated mouthwash. So the first step, flossing, it’s going to go ahead and clean all of the spaces in between your teeth. So that way your toothpaste is going to have full access to all the nooks and crannies in between your teeth and on top of them.

Second step: Brushing

Now, if you’re using a special tongue scraper or tongue cleaner, I would do that at this first step after you’re all done getting flossing and clean your tongue. Then you’re gonna go to the second step, which would be brushing your teeth. And you’re going to go ahead and want to use low, abrasive fluoride toothpaste. After you’re done brushing, this is very important, make sure that you go ahead and spit out the toothpaste. But do not fall that by rinsing with any water at all. And that’s going to leave a thin coating of toothpaste with the fluoride along the surfaces of your teeth. That’s really going to help strengthen your enamel.

Third and final step: Rinsing

The third and final step would be rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash for thirty seconds to a minute. And this is going to go ahead and help drive the reaction of fluoridating your enamel. And on top of that, it’s going to dramatically increase the contact time of fluoride with your teeth by almost an hour. This is especially important at night when your teeth are repairing themselves from all any harsh sugars or assets that they’ve encountered throughout the day. And if you follow this simple formula of floss-brush-rinse, you’re gonna be doing the absolute most good that you could possibly do when you’re cleaning your teeth at night.

Also, don’t forget to take your time and exercise carefully each of these three steps. If you want the best dental health possible, then you’ve got to put in the time.

Now, on top of all that, it’s really important to remember not only this order but that you need to use the right tools, such as a Ph-balanced fluoridated mouthwash, a good toothbrush, electric or traditional, and your favorite flossing product. We recently post a comprehensive review of the best electric toothbrushes and water flossers.