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Should you use Floss or Floss Picks?


Posted on 8/25/2015 by Jolie
A woman flossing her teeth.Flossing your teeth at least once a day is essential to proper oral health. When you shop for floss, however, it is easy to get overwhelmed. There are numerous products, including floss, floss picks, and other gadgets that make you wonder what you should be using.

The first thing to know is that the technique that you use is what is most important. Any tool that allows you to effectively get in between each tooth is what you should be using. If you prefer minty floss because of its taste and ease of getting in between each tooth, then that is what you should use. If you do not like the taste of mint, there are also unflavored options for dental floss.

The same is true for floss picks. If you have a hard time getting in between your teeth, whether due to decreased flexibility or you have a dental appliance in your mouth, floss picks might be beneficial. If they allow you to get in between your teeth and around your dental appliance, then you should use them.

Some patients use a combination of both because floss picks are sometimes hard to use in the teeth in the very back of your mouth. The basic rule is to use whatever works the best for you. Every patient has a different level of flexibility and ability to what they can stand. As long as you are removing the bacteria from in between your teeth every day, you are doing it right!

If you need flossing tips, please call us for an appointment today!

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