Are you curious about your options when it comes to flossing your teeth? Clearly, the whole “once-a-day” thing isn’t something that’s going to change – but when it comes to the product you may use to clean between teeth, you may wonder if you’re overlooking something. The good news is that you have a variety of items to choose from (possibly more than you might have thought). Consider some potentially new ideas to make the most of your dental hygiene.
Conventional Dental Floss
As you know, you have conventional dental floss on the list of options for cleaning between your teeth during dental hygiene. What you may not realize is the breadth of products that are out there. You have spongy floss, wide tape floss, satin floss, waxed or unwaxed floss, floss with threaders (often helpful for individuals with braces or bridges), and a full spectrum of flavors. Spend a little extra time in the hygiene aisle to learn more.
A Water Flosser
Some patients love the idea of using a forceful yet comfortable stream of water to clean between teeth (and often around devices). If you’re interested in trying something new, especially if there’s something about traditional floss you dislike, a water flosser may put a smile on your face.
A floss pick is essentially a plastic toothpick on one end with a small C-shaped portion at the other end, which provides you with a small segment of floss. Keep in mind that these are okay for when you’re out and about and need to remove debris from between two teeth. However, we advise against the use of the toothpick end to remove debris (it may cause injury) and suggest you use the floss end carefully. Do not floss your entire mouth with this dental hygiene product, however, as you will transfer bacteria.