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Between the Teeth: Floss vs. Floss Picks! | Overland Park Family Dentist

By now, we all know that flossing is an important part of our daily oral care routine, right? In fact, flossing daily is every bit as vital as brushing your teeth. Add in a healthy diet and regular visits to your Overland Park dentist, and you’ll be a hero not only to yourself and your dental hygienist, but also to family members who are likely to follow your good example.

Of course, we’re all busy people, and brushing and flossing regularly can seem like a lot of work, even though it really only takes a little time. Still, when people come in to our Overland Park dentist office, one of the biggest complaints we hear is that there just never seems to be enough time to floss every day. That’s why many people who are concerned about their dental health have turned to portable floss picks, which are small enough to fit in your pocket, wallet, or purse. While floss picks and traditional dental floss are both pretty good at helping to remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque that may get stuck between your teeth, each one is a little different, and we’re here to talk about those differences, and which one is right for you:

Traditional floss is what we all grew up with. You pull out about a foot of floss, wrap it around two fingers, and move it back and forth between your teeth using a gentle motion. As your Overland Park dentist has probably already told you, it’s best to curve or wrap the floss around the shape of the tooth as you slide the floss into place. However, some people have found that traditional floss can be difficult to control, especially for those who lack some manual dexterity or who have a hard time reaching their hands or fingers all the way to the backs of their mouths. That’s where floss picks can come in handy…

Floss picks differ from traditional floss in that they are one-use items, rather than a spool of floss. Most floss picks are plastic devices with a small piece of floss threaded through an opening. The great thing about floss picks—besides the fact that they are easy to carry with you wherever you go so that you can floss on the road or after lunch—is that they are easy to use and can reach just about any area of the mouth without difficulty. However, because they are comparatively more rigid than traditional dental floss, you can’t reproduce that curved shape around the tooth to get the best job possible.

At the end of the day, both traditional floss and floss picks have their place. Traditional floss is still the best solution for optimal flossing, but the portability and ease of use of floss picks make them a great choice for flossing on the go. Whichever way you choose to do it, your Overland Park dentist will just be happy that you’re flossing regularly. And if you have any questions about flossing or the types of flossers that you should use, feel free to ask your dental hygienist or Dr. Watts when you come in for your next checkup at your Overland Park dentist, or by calling (913) 338-3384 today!

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