12 doctors weighed in:
Is it best to use dental floss or brush your teeth first?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Wash, then Detail
When you wash your car, what do you do? You wash the majority of dirt off, then you dry it, then you detail it, right? Think the same thing for your teeth/mouth: brush everything, then go back in and get in all the nooks-and-cranies by flossing.
When you're done flossing rinse everything our with scope, listerine, or whatever else you may like to use. Either way, do them both everyday!

In brief: Wash, then Detail
When you wash your car, what do you do? You wash the majority of dirt off, then you dry it, then you detail it, right? Think the same thing for your teeth/mouth: brush everything, then go back in and get in all the nooks-and-cranies by flossing.
When you're done flossing rinse everything our with scope, listerine, or whatever else you may like to use. Either way, do them both everyday!
Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dr. Brian Hoffman
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Dr. Guy Hanson
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Floss, then Brush
Flossing gets the material out from in between your teeth.
You can then brush off that material. If you brush first, the material flossed out may remain on your teeth.

In brief: Floss, then Brush
Flossing gets the material out from in between your teeth.
You can then brush off that material. If you brush first, the material flossed out may remain on your teeth.
Dr. Guy Hanson
Dr. Guy Hanson
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Dr. Frank Berman
i personally like to brush and then floss. in reality, it does not matter in which order you do it, just that you do.
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Different opinions
Some people recommend rinsing, brushing then floss.
Others recommend the opposite. I feel like rinsing, then brushing followed by flossing helps avoid lodging any foot in between the teeth

In brief: Different opinions
Some people recommend rinsing, brushing then floss.
Others recommend the opposite. I feel like rinsing, then brushing followed by flossing helps avoid lodging any foot in between the teeth
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Do both
Flossing will get rid of hard to brush out material and with the aid of a tooth pick can be a good first step.
The tooth brush can then get rid of the rest of the surface debris when applied properly. Done regularly this will allow you to keep your teeth the longest.

In brief: Do both
Flossing will get rid of hard to brush out material and with the aid of a tooth pick can be a good first step.
The tooth brush can then get rid of the rest of the surface debris when applied properly. Done regularly this will allow you to keep your teeth the longest.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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