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Completeness, not order, counts in proper dental care
Updated: 4/13/2009 1:00:25 PM

Completeness, not order, counts in proper dental care It doesn't matter if you brush, then floss, or do it the other way round, so long as you do both and do both consistently, according to the American Dental Association. It's a common question, part of the wide range of excuses and stalling tactics people use to not practice proper dental health, but the reality is very simple, do both.

The ADA spells it out clearly on its website, "The sequence makes no difference as long as you do a thorough job. Brushing and flossing is the best way to remove decay-causing plaque from your teeth and help maintain optimal oral health."

In an article in the Michigan Journal, Ziyad Elassal insists there is no way around flossing and recommends doing it twice a day. Not doing so is the equivalent of missing 60 percent of your teeth, according to the article. He brooks no excuses, either, going point by point through the ten most common excuses given for not flossing, according to the Dentistry Today magazine, and countering each one.

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