Dr. Jennifer Vitarelli

Traditional Floss Vs. Floss Picks – Which Is Better According to Dentists

You are probably pretty aware of how important brushing your teeth for good oral hygiene is. But along with brushing your teeth, flossing is also a very important part of oral hygiene if you want perfect teeth.

Flossing your teeth can help remove plaque buildup by getting rid of food particles stuck in between your teeth, a place where a traditional toothbrush can never really reach. 

But some people find it difficult to use traditional floss since it requires a technique that you must learn. Some people do it wrong and end up with bleeding gums. If you have been struggling with traditional floss, try a floss pick today.

Both traditional and floss picks contain a thin filament made of fiber coated in wax so it can easily slide between your teeth and help you clean them. But which is more effective? Let’s see what dentists at Vitarelli Dental in Saddle River have to say.

Traditional Floss

  • Regular dental floss has a very long history. It is extremely effective when it comes to removing plaque-causing bacteria from your mouth. Floss removes the bacteria making sure that your teeth’s enamel stays safe. It can also prevent several gum diseases making it an extremely crucial part of your dental hygiene.

Floss Picks

  • Floss picks are a little different from traditional floss because of the way they are made. These are single-use picks that can be disposed of after use. A thin filament is attached to the pick so you can easily insert it in between your teeth and clean them. They are easier to use and anyone can just pick them and start cleaning their teeth.

Research has found that both traditional floss and floss picks are equally effective for cleaning your teeth as long as you know how to use them. 

Which Is Better – Dental Floss or Floss Picks

  • Which one of these is better all comes down to the user. Since both are very effective, you’ll need to decide which is convenient. Even when you know how to use traditional dental floss, you may still want to use floss picks for the convenience they offer. 

Dentists say it doesn’t really matter which you use as long as you are using them regularly to maintain oral hygiene alongside brushing your teeth and regular dentist visits.

Maintain a Pristine Smile With This Big Tip

  • Brushing and flossing daily will help you keep your teeth clean, but sometimes there are underlying issues such as plaque developing in an area that is invisible to the eye. In such cases, only a dentist can help you out.

This is why the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist at least two times a year with a gap of sixth months. With regular dental checkups (periodontal therapy), you and your dentist can help keep underlying dental conditions from becoming worse. If your dentist is allowed to check your teeth regularly, they can even help you prevent most gum diseases and other oral conditions, allowing you to maintain a pristine smile for as long as you want.

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