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You know that you should brush your teeth every day, but do you know when the best time to brush is? Or how often you should brush? Similarly, do you ever wonder if you should brush or floss first? Today, our team is happy to address questions like these.

Most dentists recommend that you brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. When you brush isn’t really important, though usually sometime after you wake up and before you go to bed. You see, plaque usually takes 24 hours to harden, and after it’s hardened, you’ll have to visit a dentist to remove it. This means that brushing twice a day will give you two opportunities to remove harmful plaque before it can cause a problem.

Similarly, it doesn’t really matter if you brush or eat first. However, some people don’t like to brush before they eat because toothpaste can alter with the flavor of their food. However, if you brush after you eat, please remember to wait for at least half an hour. After you eat, your teeth will be in a weakened state for half an hour. If you brush you could actually damage your pearly whites.

There are also different opinions and brushing and flossing. Some argue that brushing should come first because most toothpastes have fluoride in them. Some residue of that fluoride will be left on your teeth after you brush, and when you floss, it will be carried to the hard-to-reach parts of your smile.  Spreading fluoride to these areas may help you prevent tooth decay.Others argue that flossing first is better because it will dislodge plaque and let you clean your teeth more thoroughly. Really, the issue is simply a matter of preference.

If you would like to earn more, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. John Verville, please feel free to contact us soon. We’re excited to hear from you at 904-284-9911.