Should You Floss Before Or After Brushing Your Teeth?

Do you usually floss before or after brushing your teeth? The American Dental Association (ADA) says it doesn’t matter when you floss, so long as you do a thorough job. The ADA also says you should brush twice a day and clean between your teeth with floss or another interdental cleaner at least once a day. Uchenna Akosa, D.D.S., notes that flossing before you brush can actually leave you with a cleaner-feeling mouth afterward because it gives you the chance to brush away the gunk you pull out from between your teeth instead of just letting some of the residue hang out in your mouth.