Floss picks represent one way you can remove food between your teeth that brushing alone can’t reach. This handy tool works well for people who have mobility issues or simply dislike using traditional dental floss. Today’s blog from Parkcrest Dental Group discusses how to properly use floss picks for dental care and oral hygiene.
The first thing you need to realize is that you need to be gentle with floss picks. It doesn’t take a lot to dislodge food particles between your teeth. All you’re trying to do is remove the food, not scrub your enamel. It’s almost always best to be gentle during your home dental care routine.
Floss picks are actually two tools in one: floss and a pick. The floss removes food stuck between your teeth. The pick, which is usually a pointed end near the handle, works best for large food particles.
Slide the Floss
Gently slide the floss up and down between teeth. This motion allows the floss to wrap around the inside edges of each tooth to remove as much food as possible in between teeth. There’s no need to slide up or down to get into the gums because food doesn’t reach there. Rinse with water after you floss for optimal dental care with the flossing tool.
Move the Pick in and Out
The pick end of the floss pick (at the end of the handle) works great for larger bits of food that dislodge without a lot of effort. Place the pick between teeth and gently press against your gums. This allows the pick to get every space between the teeth. Use an in-and-out motion to remove food particles before rinsing with water. Larger food particles can still remain in between teeth, even after brushing. Floss picks come in handy for the area near the gum line where the teeth curve away from each other.
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Dental Care Tips by Parkcrest Dental Group
The staff at Parkcrest Dental Group wants you to have the best dental care and oral hygiene possible! Floss picks work wonderfully for people who hate dental floss, love the convenience, or have mobility issues with their hands.