Figuring out what to begin with when it comes to brushing, flossing or swishing can often prove difficult to distinguish when it comes to practicing oral hygiene. When you are trying to get rid of bad breath, stop a gum disease or prevent tooth decay, knowing how to go about ensuring you maintain good healthy teeth is very important.

While there are many views on which should occur first, experts believe the steps below yield the best results for optimum oral hygiene that everyone should practice. These should consequently become more of a routine which can ensure that your teeth always remain healthy.

Brush first

There are two basic reasons as to why we should begin with brushing.

First, with the frequent brushing that you do, this tends to become more of a second nature that you do without thinking too much about it. Since this is in place, attaching other practices cannot be difficult. The already established habit, then made adding others easy as you progress.

Secondly, brushing ensures that you clean along the gum line and the tooth surfaces, ensuring that the ‘broad brush-stroke’ is accomplished first. It does not matter whether your intention is to remove plaque from your teeth, stimulating gum tissue or getting rid of bad bugs, brushing first is the fundamental step.

Clean the tongue

As you clean your teeth in the bathroom, the next logical thing to do is to clean your tongue. Having a sink is essential since a lot of gunk tends to be removed, which you need to spit out.

Conscious flossing


While flossing should be done for two main reasons, it should be done to cater for the neglected spaces in between the teeth from the first two steps.

Firstly, while brushing removes plaque from the teeth and gum line, it also leads to some of it being squeezed into the teeth spaces. For those who tend to have plaque growing easily, this is very true. Therefore, it means continuous flossing can lead to plaque packing in between the teeth which is not good.

Secondly, the routine nature of flossing after leaving the bathroom makes flossing important. Since there is always a rush to get out of the bathroom, flossing encourages and provides more time to clean the teeth without feeling that you are being rushed. This happens when you are either chatting or seated on the couch relaxing. As you floss, you can then begin to subconsciously know the state of health in your mouth.


This last step ensures that you remove any debris or plaque that the above steps may have removed your gum line and teeth and are still lingering around. While swishing does the least in helping you to reduce the gum disease in your mouth, it acts as a final step in ensuring that all of the plaque and debris have been removed.

Regular swishing creates good exercise from the vigorous swishing that is done in the mouth. This process pumps the tissues in the mouth in and around which helps them to detox and also function better.

It is very essential in knowing how to properly care for your teeth either at the end of the day after meals or in the morning. While it can be tasking to follow the steps above when you are pressed on time, ensuring that you brush, clean the tongue, floss, and then swish can help you prevent plaque and debris forming besides prevent contracting gum diseases. If you want to know more about oral hygiene in Franklin, visit our dental office today and let our dental specialists enlighten you!