Should you Waterpik before or after Brushing?

It’s a new age question that deserves some thought: Should I use my Waterpik water flosser before I brush my teeth or after? We’re glad you asked!

Brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing once per day is the recommendation set forth by the ADA (American Dental Association) to aid in a healthy mouth. This is also the recommendation to avoid plaque buildup which leads to cavities and even long-term gum issues such as periodontal disease. At North Carolina Oral Surgery and Orthodontics, we take your dental health seriously. If you have questions regarding orthodontics, oral surgery, or Waterpiks do not hesitate to reach out to our Raleigh NC Orthodontists and Oral Surgeons. We’re here to help!

Learn more about Waterpik Water Flossers | Contact NC Oral Surgery and Orthodontics


Flossing Regularly is a Healthy Habit to Establish

To avoid the displeasure of the disappointing “we found cavities” speech from your dentist or dental hygienist, take steps towards a healthier mouth by flossing regularly. There are many different types of floss including traditional floss, flavored floss, floss picks, and Waterpiks. Many orthodontic patients find that the Waterpik water flosser is ideal for removing debris from braces due to the ease of use.


Braces can be hard to maneuver lodged food and the Waterpik can easily (and gently) remove the debris by spraying a stream of steady water between the teeth. This action is not only removing any food that can get stuck on braces but also has a high percentage of plaque removal.

How do I use a Waterpik Water Flosser?

Sometimes videos are just better at explaining the essential How-to’s. See the official Waterpik Water flosser video below!

Flossing Before Brushing Debate

If brushing your teeth before flossing remember that the food particles which are more difficult to remove will remain until you floss. Therefore, our recommendation is to consider using your Waterpik water flosser first before brushing your teeth. This will allow the stuck-on debris to dislodge and then you can easily brush the remaining area free of all particles.

Our orthodontists in Cary, Raleigh & beyond are now offering a free Waterpik water flosser to all kid and adult patients who begin orthodontic treatment at NCOSO! Find out more by visiting our Waterpik page or contact us for your free ortho consultation today!

Have a comment or question?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Clear braces. How do you keep them from staining or turning yellow? The foods and drinks you consume could be causing more stains. Read more about our clear braces stain prevention from our Orthodontists here!

Interested in getting impressions without those goopy molds? NCOSO offers iTero scanners that can take digital intraoral impressions without goopy molds! Learn more!

WHEN THE COLD AND FLU SEASON STRIKES your teeth and braces are probably the last things you’re thinking about as you reach for another tissue! But there ARE some things related to that cold or flu that can affect your oral health. Since tooth decay and gum disease can be especially risky during orthodontic treatment, […]