At The Sugar House Dentist in Salt Lake City we advise our patients to keep their teeth clean with regular brushing and flossing. But a lot of patients also want convenience, and use floss picks instead of standard dental floss (string floss).
Floss picks are quite handy; there’s no denying that. They have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are affordable and can be used more discretely than floss.
While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss when it comes to effectiveness.
Only standard string floss has the approval of The American Dental Association. One issue with floss picks is that they can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.
So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. But try to use regular dental floss daily.
At The Sugar House Dentist we want the best dental health for all or patients. We offer family and children’s dentistry, and treat conditions like gum recession and TMJ/TMD. Call for an appointment today!
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