According to the American Dental Association, -"Should I brush or floss first?" Their answer is -either way is acceptable as long as you do a thorough job. But according to the American Academy of Periodontology, new study suggests that flossing first before brushing maybe the ideal sequence for most thorough removal of dental plaque. Based on my experience as a dentist, I agree with the "gum" specialists. Flossing loosens the food debris & removes bacteria in between the teeth, then brushing afterwards (when mouth is rinsed with water) further cleans the mouth of particles. I might also add, using waterpik when rinsing will thoroughly remove any leftovers.
So Floss, Brush, Smile is the new slogan.
By Dr. Velasquez
Dr. Jeff D. Velasquez