Thinking about resolutions for the New Year? Studies show that less than 10 percent of Americans who make resolutions actually achieve them, so here is an easy one from Phoenix-area cosmetic dentistry specialist Dr. Donald Wilcox and his staff at Desert Smiles in Glendale, Arizona: Always floss last.

We were recently reminded by the new “2015 Farmers’ Almanac,” which includes the story “Wait! You’re Doing that Wrong!” that most people are of the opinion that, during their daily dental care routine, they should floss before brushing. But just like the story says, “You’re doing that wrong!”

In fact, the best way to prevent gum disease is to floss last. That’s right, you should brush and then floss for maximum dental health benefits. That’s because flossing after brushing will enable you to remove any particles missed by your brush, and will also push any leftover fluoride from your toothpaste into crevices between your teeth.

If you live in or around Glendale or Phoenix, Arizona, and have questions about how to best protect your smile and overall dental health, contact Desert Smiles online or call our office directly at 602-978-1790 to schedule an general dentistry appointment or cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Wilcox.

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