Do you ever struggle with flossing? While most people know that flossing is extremely important, some struggle with the process. Obviously, traditional floss is the most common and most frequently used type of floss, but some people still struggle with it. For example, some individuals have a hard time navigating the floss through their teeth or struggle to reach their back teeth. Others struggle with shaking hands, or have a hard time mustering the hand strength needed to floss thoroughly. Some people struggle to floss because they have sensitive teeth. Fortunately, no matter the reason, there are options that may be better for you.
For example, a floss pick may be better for you. Floss picks are pieces of plastic with a curved end that holds a string of floss. Also, the other end of a floss stick is a pick that you can use to remove large food particles. In essence, they play the role of a toothpick—although more safely. In fact, please avoid using toothpicks. They may break and lodge themselves between your teeth. This is a particularly useful option for people who struggle to reach their back teeth and for the elderly.
Similarly, if you have sensitive teeth, you may find dental tape (or ribbon floss) more comfortable. Dental tape is wider than dental floss, and because it may be more comfortable, you may be more likely to floss with dental tape. Of course, your dentist may offer you specific advice based on your individual needs.
If you are interested in learning more, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.