Gum disease typically begins in areas between the teeth. This is why flossing is so important even if it’s considered a hassle. This naturally leads to the next question: should you use traditional floss or a floss pick? Is one really superior over the other, or is it a matter of personal preference?
Traditional Floss Examined
Some family dentists argue that traditional floss is better. Since a floss pick has a very short string, that same segment is used over and over. This means that bacteria removed from one section of the teeth can be transferred to another area. With traditional floss, you have several inches of string to work with. Of course, this drawback of floss picks can be remedied by using multiple picks per sitting. However, if you’re flossing every day (as you should be doing), the cost can add up.
A Look at Floss Picks
While floss picks have their shortcomings, they are not without their perks. For one thing, many people prefer them over traditional floss simply because they’re easier to use. It’s also easier to reach the back of the mouth with picks. Many oral surgeons, in fact, have advised patients to switch over to floss picks since the ease of use may encourage them to make flossing a daily habit.
Keep in mind that floss picks come in two varieties: those in the shape of an “F” (more common) and those in the shape of a “Y”. The latter resembles a slingshot with a curved end. Check out this image to see what they look like. This variety is recommended because it’s designed to better access hard-to-reach areas.
Flossing Alone Isn’t Enough
If you’re flossing daily, then you’re on the right track, but it’s still not enough. Optimal dental health requires regular dental visits. Once you make an appointment, our crew can provide further tips for long-term oral health. When it comes to flossing, though, here’s Mukilteo Dental Art’s advice: either type of floss is fine as long as you’re flossing.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Creating Brighter Smiles for Over 15 Years
General family dentistry for Mukilteo, Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds & Mill Creek