How to Use Dental Floss Picks Properly

Young girl using a floss pick to clean her teeth

Dental floss picks are D-shaped pieces of plastic with a handle. They contain a single piece of floss stretched between the two arms and can be a convenient way to floss, especially if you’re on the go or have mobility issues with arthritis in your hands

But how can you make sure you use dental floss picks properly? And are they effective? Below, the dental experts at Northside Dental Clinic will answer these questions for you.

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How do I floss with dental floss picks?

Dental floss picks aren’t the same as normal floss strings because they use the same small piece of floss throughout your entire mouth. It can also be difficult to curve the floss picks to get into all the different angles and surfaces of your teeth. However, if you use the right technique, flossing with dental floss picks can be an effective way to fight plaque and bacteria buildup between your teeth, on the surface of your teeth, and underneath your gums.

To start, here are three easy steps to follow while flossing with dental floss pics:

  1. Use the pick to get between two of your teeth and gently press it against your gums.
  2. Slide the pick with an in and out motion to remove any food particles from between your teeth.
  3. Rinse the floss pick as needed to make sure it stays clean.

Repeat the above process until you have thoroughly cleaned any plaque and food particles out from between all of your teeth.

Are dental floss picks effective?

Yes, dental floss picks are an effective way to floss, especially if you’re on the go, such as between work meetings or camping without access to a bathroom and sink. However, they are more difficult to use than traditional floss and you may not be able to reach all areas inside your mouth. Additionally, a floss pick may be less clean and is more likely to fray since you’re using the same small piece of floss the entire time. 

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Northside Dental Clinic can help you maintain your oral health

At Northside Dental Clinic, we want to help you maintain the best oral health possible and help you by answering all your questions. Please call (417) 862-2468 to schedule an appointment today.