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  • Writer's pictureChris Salierno, DDS

I hate flossing. What are good alternatives to using dental floss?

Even the best brushers will leave some plaque and food debris behind. There are tough areas to clean, such as spots in between teeth and underneath the gums. If you don't reach those hard t reach areas, you'll be at higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing is a clinically proven method to reach these areas, but a lot of people struggle to do it properly or regularly. Fortunately there are flossing alternatives that might be a better fit for you.

(1) Oral irrigation devices

This is my favorite method for cleaning hard to reach areas and I use it myself. An oral irrigation device is like a gentle pressure washer for your teeth and gums. A steady or pulsating stream of water will blast in between your teeth, underneath your gums, underneath bridges, around orthodontic braces, and around implants. I personally recommend the Waterpik Water Flosser.

(2) Interdental tip stimulater

These homecare tools consist of a handle with a rubber, plastic, or silicone tip at the end. The tip is usually shaped like a cone with a thin end so that it can get in between teeth more easily. These work well for unique situations, like people who have lost gum and bone and therefore have larger spaces around their teeth. I personally recommend GUM Stimulator.

(3) Interdental brushes

There is a large variety of brushes designed to get in between teeth and around bridges and implants. The bushes can be thick or thin, soft or hard. if you find one that is the right size for you, it can be an excellent way to compliment your brushing. I personally recommend TePe Interdental Brushes.


Disclaimer: ToothQuest is for informational purposes only and is not to be taken as dental, medical, or legal advice.  Please consult with your dentist or other appropriate healthcare professional before making any decisions that would affect your health.

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