Does your child need help with flossing? With there being multiple ways to get in your daily flossing, you may be wondering if one method is better than the others for them. Here is what you should know about the various ways you can floss.
Dental floss is the best way to clean between your teeth of all the options available. It is because the floss can wrap around your tooth and scrub all of the surfaces. However, using dental floss is only as good as the technique that a person is using. If your child is not using dental floss properly then they can easily miss places around your teeth that are not getting clean. It can also be a struggle for some people to use dental floss, especially if your child is very young and can't get a good grip on the floss.
Floss picks may seem like they are incredibly handy since they allow you to easily get the floss between your teeth without having to wrap it around your fingers. However, floss picks do not do that great of a job. That's because floss picks are attached to a stiff piece of plastic, and you cannot wrap the floss around the tooth in the proper method that traditional dental floss can. That said, a floss pick is still better than not flossing at all.
It is worth trying different brands of floss picks to see which one works best. You want to find a brand that uses a softer plastic so that the floss can wrap around your teeth.
It may seem like a water flosser is going to be a great way to floss for those that hate flossing. One thing to keep in mind is that water flossers excel in the one area where floss picks fail. Water flossers are great at getting plaque out of the pockets of your gums and around your teeth, but they do not do a great job at getting between the tight contact point between your teeth. If you use both a water flosser and a floss pick, you'll be getting the best of both methods and effectively cleaning your teeth.
Anybody that has braces will need to use an interproximal brush. These brushes help get the floss between the brackets, which prevents the need to use a floss threader. It's a quick and easy way to floss, especially if you are on the go and don't have access to other methods.
For more information, contact a local pediatric dentist.