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Do you floss before or after you brush your teeth?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by paste, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. paste


    Oct 3, 2011
    I like to brush first to get the bigger chunks out of the way.
  2. Before. Get all the chunks out with the floss, then the toothpaste has a chance to work its flouride magic on the entire tooth surface.
  3. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Mouthwash --> brush --> floss --> mouthwash
  4. Light brush - floss - proper brush - mouthwash.
  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Floss, then brush.
  6. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    I've been known 'round these parts to really shake it up. Sometimes before, sometimes after, sometimes midway...sometimes long after as a maintenance pass.

    I carry a few of those "flossers" minty picks in a small bag in my pocket too. Addictive like toothpicks.

    I will go on record however, that the act of watching someone else brush their teeth is high on the list of things that will make me wretch, without fail. Psychologically, can't handle it.
  7. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Little bit of both. If I intend to floss, I do it first. If I brush my teeth and find bits of prey that won't come out, I'll do it after.
  8. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
  9. Before.
  10. Art Araya

    Art Araya

    May 29, 2006
    Palm Coast, FL
    For something completely different but VERY effective try oil pulling. Research it. Its done wonders for my teeth gums breath ..
  11. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I've heard of this. There's little conclusive evidence that shows it's effective at all or as effective as regular dental hygiene practices. Plus, I don't want to swish oil in my mouth for 20 minutes.
  12. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    After! Brushing gets all the larger debris out of the way so floss can be effective on getting the tight crevices between your teeth.
  13. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    From the ADA website:

    Either way is acceptable as long as you do a thorough job. However, if you use dental floss before you brush, the fluoride from the toothpaste has a better chance of reaching between teeth. Some people brush their teeth and unfortunately skip flossing because they think their mouth feels clean or they may be short on time or tired and flossing is postponed. That’s not a good idea.
  14. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    "Brush your teeth forget to floss, all could be a total lose."

    I brush first, spit but don't rinse, then floss. Thinking is........... that the floss wipes tooth paste residue in between the teeth. Finally, the rinse.
  15. Haha! I thought I was the only one.
  16. Bass_Thumper


    Oct 20, 2009
    Madison, MS
    Before for the reasons listed above. I like to get anything out of there before I do the brushing.
  17. After because my dentist told me to.
  18. floss > brush > mouthwash
  19. I rarely floss. My hygenist will floss me after cleaning my teeth. I have zero cavitites.
  20. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    I've given up on floss.

    My 8-year old always steals it to build his crafts. Hence I've also given up on tape, scissors, pencils, paper products, dyes of every type, general household tools, pre-packaged snacks and small domestic pets. In fact, I'm thinking of giving up brushing altogether as he recently found my toothbrush useful in excavating rocks from under the porch. Last month he refilled the toothpaste tube with shampoo which I was ecstatic to discover on a business trip.

    I'm thinking of just using wet naps from the glove compartment and dousing myself with Lysol on the worse days.