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Do you floss before or after brushing?

That One Dental Question Couples Always Fight Over!

Ever asked your partner this question? “Do you floss before or after you brush?”

Believe it or not this is a hot topic for many couples. Usually the couple has opposing views on the matter. As a Dental Practice in the heart of Tribeca, New York, we hear this argument all the time and today we will fully explore it.


On deciding weather you should floss before or after brushing one must first understand the rationale for flossing. We floss to remove bacterial plaque and debris from between the teeth and surrounding gum tissues. Bad anaerobic bacteria that live in the mouth has access to our entire body via our bloodstream. An overgrowth of bacteria can lead to gum disease and increase Dental cavities. Researches have now linked those bad bacteria to a host of medical conditions including Infective Endocarditis.


In fact an un-healthy mouth can exacerbate certain medical diseases such as Diabetes and even HIV. We floss to bring oxygen between the contacts of the teeth where anaerobic bacteria live. This anaerobic bacteria such as Streptococcus Mutants strives in a moist environment without oxygen. Flossing brings much needed oxygen between the teeth killing S. Mutants. People should floss every day! Be consistent. The human mouth has more bacteria than the planet earth and it grows exponentially!


“The most Important thing about cleaning your teeth is to do it. As long as you do a through job, It doesn’t matter when.”


Most Dental professionals will agree that as long you floss religiously the end result will be the same, less cavities and improved gum health. So floss before or after you brush, just do it correctly and religiously.



Avalene Roberts R.D.H

5 Ways To Freshen Your Breath Before Valentines Day

February 14th comes around and everyone wants to have fresh breath. It’s a day that many people spend courting and romancing. So it is really important to have fresh breath when you are close to others. Here are 5 sure ways you can freshen your breath before valentine’s day.

  • Avoid Order Causing Foods

certain food will cause bad breath


Some foods, as delicious as they might be can contribute or cause bad breath. Foods like: Garlic, Onion, Horse Radish, canned Tuna, spicy food and Coffee just to name a few, can really contribute to breath order. Instead eat foods that are cleansing, healthy and crunchy  like: Celery, Apples and Cucumber.


  • Brush Your Tongue


The tongue should not be coated. Brush it after every meal

The tongue is a nidus for bacteria. It harbours food particles and bacteria under a thin layer of mucous. This bacteria releases a mal-order that we call “bad breath.” It is important to brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth to remove the film of bacteria.




  • Visit your General Physician

From tonsilitis to Gastritis physicians can get to the source


Some mouth order can originate in the Gut, tonsils or an underlying medical illness like diabetes. It is wise to have a complete check up and rule out any possibility of systemic illness. Your physician can take blood samples and perform many other diagnostic tasks to screen for underlying issues.

  • Brush, And Did I Mention Floss?

Brushing mechanically removes order causing debris

anaerobic bacteria thrive with poor oral hygiene. Flossing briefly separates the contact between the teeth forcing oxygen in and eliminating the acid producing bacteria. Brushing, mechanically removes plaque bio-film thus creating fresher breath and a healthier mouth. Your Dentist can also address any esthetic concerns you have about your teeth before valentines day and going forward.





  • Get A Comprehensive Dental Check-UP

From tonsil stones to Gum disease the Dentist knows bad breath


A visit to the Dentist is number one on this list because the mouth is a Dentist’s specialty. Dentist can tell if bad breath is coming from your gums, teeth or tonsils. Once a diagnosis has been made the Dentist can treat the problem and make you healthier.




These are five sure ways to eliminate bad breathe as malorder can come from any one of these sources. In the month of February please accept 20% off your Whitening Treatment at Tribeca Smiles. Just mention this articIe.


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Three Ways To Know If Your Smile Is Attractive To Others.

Have you ever wondered what people think about your smile? We talk to people every day as we live our lives and one of the first things people notice when we talk is our smile! Here are 3 ways that you can check to determine if you have an attractive smile to others.

  • Do People Compliment Your Smile Often?

If different people tell you that you have great teeth or a beautiful smile then chances are they are right! There is a certain symmetry that the human eye looks for on the face and mouth. If your teeth line follows your smile line, this is considered esthetically pleasing.

  • Have You Whitened Your Teeth?

Ever heard the term “Milk teeth?” Milk teeth is a term generally used to describe baby teeth. In general baby teeth are milk white and as our permanent teeth come in they can be a shade or so darker. As we age and consume food and liquid that stain teeth, our teeth darken even more. Thus having a darker shade of teeth is directly linked to age. Having a whiter smile is generally associated with youth and health. So if you have whitened your teeth your smile is already on the attractive side.

  • Are Your Teeth Straight?

Overlapped and crowded teeth can actually affect a person facial profile. Crooked teeth can also cause excessive chipping and wear of the enamel surface. If your teeth are lined up straight and your bite is in the right position your facial profile and overall smile will be esthetically pleasing. Of course there are small imperfections that the human eye forgive and even find appealing. However these are very small and generally do not include crooked teeth.

If people compliment your smile and you have white straight teeth with no chipping, then it is safe to say that you my friend have a smile that is attractive to others. If you are unhappy with your smile visit the Dentist and discuss things that you would like to improve. Create a list of questions and present it at the next consultation.

Wrtiten by: Avalene Roberts R.D.H

All New Patients recieve complimentary tooth whitening when they schedule a Dental Cleaning and Check-Up. Just mention this blog.

Visit us at:  (212)473-4444

Tribeca Smiles

44 Lispenard Street

New York, New York


Author Bio

Avalene Roberts is a Registered Dental Hygienist and the Hygiene department leader at Tribeca Smiles. Avalene Is also the founder of DDS Connections as well as creator of the new addictive Dental game Cavity Smash. Avalene is a proud mom of 2, an avid cyclist and snowboarder.