Dental hygienists have long sung the praises of flossing and still, some patients just can’t or won’t comply. So what are the options and how good are they?

Interproximal refers to the spaces between the teeth where bacterial plaque tends to collect. Your toothbrush isn’t sufficient to reach into these areas thoroughly enough to remove the plaque, dental floss is. More than a few patients complain about the difficulty they have measuring just the right length of string, wrapping it securely and guiding it smoothly between their teeth without snags or breakage. There are some over the counter flossing devices that come pre strung and are designed for easier handling. If that’s not enough to convince you to floss an oral irrigator may be more to your liking.

Oral irrigators use water pressure to wash away plaque and debris that has gathered around and under the gum line. They are especially beneficial for people who have gum disease that has caused the tissue to separate from the teeth leaving gaps or “pockets” where bacteria can collect. There are several varieties to choose from, but your dental hygienist can make recommendations based on patient feedback.

Interproximal brushes are effective for cleaning between the teeth. They come in various sizes and shapes to accommodate individual needs.

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