A dental health note from THe Addison Dentist: most of our patients want to keep their teeth as clean as possible. That’s a good thing! They are also looking for convenience. That’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of standard dental floss.
These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed for use as a toothpick. They’ve also got a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are affordable, can be used more discretely than floss, and are easily transported in a purse, pocket, or backpack.
This may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a regular part of their dental health routine, but floss picks are a step below actual floss when it comes to effectiveness.
The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue with them is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.
So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to speak with us. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. But try to use regular dental floss daily.
At The Addison Dentist, the dental health of our patients is our main concern. We want you to floss and brush at least twice a day. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.
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