Floss Before or After Brushing

Flossing your child’s teeth can help prevent plaque buildup that can lead to more serious health problems down the line.

Whether you floss your child’s teeth before or after brushing is up to you, but it is important to remember that brushing alone is usually not enough to prevent tartar buildup, plaque, and cavities.

What to Know About Flossing

Flossing teeth before brushing ensures that the small bits of plaque that brushing won’t completely remove is washed out. Also, the toothpaste can reach your teeth more easily.

Flossing teeth after brushing means that there will be less plaque to floss, which will save time brushing teeth.

As long as you floss correctly, once per day, it does not make a difference whether you floss before or after brushing. Some dentists do recommend brushing first, since it’s the most common way people have been taught.

The results are the same either way—just be sure to rinse afterwards.

Flossing Tips 

Children should get help flossing from their parents because their smaller hands may not be able to move around their teeth to remove the plaque by themselves. Start your child off with a great attitude toward their dental health by encouraging healthy eating habits and making brushing and flossing fun.

Talk to your dentist about new advances in dental care and get regular checkups to ensure the health of your child’s teeth, gums, and heart.

Types of Floss

There are several types of floss to choose from, including:

  • Un-waxed floss
  • Waxed floss
  • Floss holder
  • Dental tape
  • Toothpick
  • Stimulators
  • Brushes
  • Irrigation devices
  • Threaders

Kool Smiles Helps Keep Teeth Healthy

Kool Smiles is a network of dental professionals dedicated to serving children and families all across the nation. Kool Smiles offers affordable payment options and accepts most forms of insurance, including Medicaid, SCHIP, and TRICARE.

Learn more about brushing and flossing from our website and call us today to schedule a routine dental exam for your child.

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Sources:

Dentabout: http://www.dentabout.com/floss-before-after-brushing/

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/article/cardiovascular