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KenveeB:
Brush to get the major stuff. Then floss to get the bits your brush couldn't reach. Then rinse with mouthwash to flush it all away.

Elfmama:

--- Quote from: Tea Drinker on February 01, 2013, 01:22:50 PM ---After, and I took that for granted until two minutes ago. But now that I think about it, the reasoning seems to have nothing to do with what would work best. It's just that people say "brush and floss your teeth," which implies that brushing goes first.

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And does anyone here put on their shoes and socks in that order?  >:D

WillyNilly:
I floss first, as recommended by my dentist and hygienist.  You floss first to remove and loosen bigger bits, then when you brush the toothpaste can get in between the teeth better to further clean.

Think of it like scrubbing and washing something - first you scrub off the big bits, then you use the soap and water to really clean it. Or like first you sweep or vacuum then you wash the floors. Or fist you kick the chunks of snow/mud off your boots, then you wipe them to get any remaining bits.

Mental Magpie:

--- Quote from: Elfmama on February 01, 2013, 02:16:26 PM ---
--- Quote from: Tea Drinker on February 01, 2013, 01:22:50 PM ---After, and I took that for granted until two minutes ago. But now that I think about it, the reasoning seems to have nothing to do with what would work best. It's just that people say "brush and floss your teeth," which implies that brushing goes first.

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And does anyone here put on their shoes and socks in that order?  >:D

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I've never heard that order...I've always heard, "Put on your socks and shoes."

jpcher:

--- Quote from: lady_disdain on February 01, 2013, 01:27:13 PM ---Before, as recommended by my dentist.

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Hmmm, interesting. I always brush first and then floss because that's the order that my dentist does it . . . after the cleaning, they do the polishing (brushing) then the final step is flossing.

But it makes sense to do it the other way around.

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