This month’s oral hygiene tip is a frequently asked question from our patients… Which order is best when it comes to your oral care routine?
Most people brush, then floss, then waterpik (if they have one)… but did you know the “best” order is actually:
- Floss – to dislodge food particles
- Waterpik – to flush everything away
- Brush last – to clean your teeth and get the most out of your toothpaste (especially if it has fluoride and minerals in it like CTX4 5000)
And most importantly – spit but don’t rinse after you brush so that there is some toothpaste left around your teeth!
Questions? Comments? Please let us know below!
…and then use mouthwash?
Floss, waterpik and brushing is enough for most people… mouthwash is actually not necessary! Most mouthwashes don’t have fluoride in them and are quite acidic which isn’t good for your teeth. If you are someone who is prone to cavities, the CariFree rinse system is best. Check out our ebook “A Patients guide to dental caries” for more information!
Closys is really good mouthwash but others are going to be more harmful to the enamel than others.
Yes, you have to be careful as many rinses available over the counter are quite acidic!
When is the best time to use a fluoride rinse such as ACT Anticavity Zero Alcohol Fluoride Mouthwash?
The best time to use a rinse would be after flossing, waterpik and brushing. However, rinses are not necessary for most people if you are using a fluoridated toothpaste. If patients have a high cavity risk or periodontal disease, I recommend the CariFree CTX4 Treatment rinse as the best option. Most other rinses are acidic/low pH.
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