We all know that flossing is important and that we shouldn’t wait until right before our next dentist appointment to begin flossing again. However, have you ever wondered whether it is better to floss before or after you brush your teeth? A new study tackles this idea and found that flossing first is more effective.

The study, published by the American Academy of Periodontology, asked 25 participants to brush their teeth first and then floss. In the second phase, the subjects flossed first and then brushed. The conclusion was quite surprising-- the researchers found that individuals who flossed first has significantly cleaner teeth than those who did the opposite. They concluded that since flossing is effective in dislodging debris and crud nestled between the teeth, brushing and rinsing soon after helps clear out the particles and makes the mouth cleaner.

It is important to note that an effective oral care routine includes both daily brushing and flossing to keep teeth clean. So go ahead and give it a try! When you wake up tomorrow, try flossing first and then brushing with your favorite dental gel from Livionex so that your mouth is squeaky clean and ready for that morning cup of coffee.