Steps to Keep In Mind While Brushing

 In Preventative Dentistry

Did you know that brushing your teeth has proper steps? When you think about your morning routine and brushing comes into play, what steps do you take to give yourself a fresh feel in the morning, and do you truly know their benefits? 

Here are a few facts you may not have known:

  • There is no right or wrong order to brush, floss, and use mouthwash. However, there is a way that is more beneficial to you: floss, brush, then mouthwash. By flossing first, you clear your mouth and focus on cleaning the hard to reach areas that you can then rinse and deep clean by brushing right after. The brushing process then takes 2-3 minutes, followed by a fluoride mouthwash for the fluoride to remain on your teeth for as long as possible to do its job. 
  • Fluoride is a mineral that we use to replace the minerals lost in the enamel of our teeth. Keep in mind when using fluoride toothpaste, or fluoride mouthwash, this step should be performed last to keep the enamel on your teeth long enough to help rebuild that enamel and prevent decay. This is especially important for children by the age of 6 months and into their teen years when their new and permanent teeth are developing. Fluoride can come in different forms, but can also be applied in the office by your dentist!  
  • Flossing can seem like a long and tedious process! Along with the benefits of removing any food and particles in hard to reach areas, it helps to do this step first to take your time on this as well. Skipping this step can sometimes become easy, but it is important to remember that flossing helps remove any plaque and bacteria that can later lead to cavities.  


Though mastering the process of brushing your teeth is important, scheduling routine cleanings helps your overall oral health as well. Schedule your appointment with us today by calling us at (210) 879-3449 or visiting our website at


Wurzbach Family Dental is a San Antonio Dentist office with cutting-edge technology, exceptional customer service, and a warm and comfortable environment. We write about the latest news in the industry and provide dental tips for our patients.
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