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Alternative Flossing Methods


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Dr. Christianne Lee
Young boy and father flossing teeth next to each other in bathroom after getting some tips from.jpg Irvine DentistryTo clean spaces between teeth and along the gum line, several alternate flossing techniques and interdental cleaning tools are accessible as supplements to regular dental floss. These substitutes are practical, simple to use, and appropriate for those with particular dental requirements or preferences.

Floss Selections


Also referred to as dental picks or flossers, pluck-style interdental aids are single-use plastic devices that keep short lengths of thin filaments of nonwoven material. They serve their purpose well in individuals with difficulty handling regular floss or limited dexterity.

Interdental Bristles


Interdental brushes are refined, string-like devices intended to clean between the teeth and around dental prostheses, such as orthodontic attachments or fixed appliance restorations like crowns and tooth implants. These come in different widths to reach interdental areas; they could be used as a substitute or supplemental product instead of regular flossing.

Water Flossers


Oral irrigators, or water flossers, use a jet of water to wash away the debris and plaque from under the gum line or between teeth. Water flossers are optimal because they are gentle on the gums, which works well on those with implants, orthodontic devices, or tender gums in general.

Floss Threaders


Floss threaders are tiny, versatile instruments utilized to weave dental floss under orthodontic braces, dental implants, and bridges. They make it possible to thoroughly clean between teeth and close to dental repairs that could be difficult to access with only regular floss.

Dental Tape


Compared to ordinary floss, dental tape is a flatter and broader kind of floss. It could be more comfortable for people who have a larger flossing area or bigger spaces between their teeth.

Interdental Electric Brushes


Electric interdental brushes are powered instruments with tiny brush heads that revolve or oscillate to clean between teeth and around the gum line. In terms of eliminating plaque and particles, they are more convenient and might be more efficient than traditional interdental brushes.

The best flossing technique or tool depends on individual tastes, oral health requirements, and current dental work. Finding a convenient and easy flossing technique is critical as part of an all-encompassing dental hygiene regimen. Please schedule an appointment with us for further information or for a dental checkup.
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