A Comparison of Floss Picks and Regular Floss

Nothing will take the place of flossing as a part of a comprehensive daily dental routine. Cleaning in between teeth is important because plaque and tartar can build in these areas. Committing to this daily care has a variety of benefits, including healthier teeth and gums and a brighter smile.

Traditional Products

Although some people struggle with using this traditional product, practice can make perfect. People should start with an 18-inch length, wrapping the ends around the middle fingers. After grasping the string with both thumbs and index fingers, it’s time to floss. The process simply involves inserting the floss between each tooth. Once there, guide it in a “C” motion along the contours of both teeth. Use the same process between each tooth to complete the procedure.


Holding the string in the fingers can be challenging for some people, and some struggle with reaching the back molars effectively with the string, which can leave these molars without proper cleaning. When these issues exist, people might opt to use special picks designed with the string already in position for flossing. The picks can make it easier to reach back teeth. However, picks may not provide the same level of cleaning. It’s not possible to make the recommended “C” motion with picks; therefore, cleaning may not be as effective. Dentists have determined that using picks is better than nothing, but using traditional floss is the most effective choice for cleaning.

Many consumers ask dentists about the best time to floss, whether it’s best to do it before or after regular brushing. The simple answer is that it does not matter. The important thing is to floss, and whether people do it before brushing or after is inconsequential. People should commit to flossing their teeth at least once per day to perform comprehensive, daily self-care.