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Do you ever struggle with flossing? While most people know that flossing is extremely important, some struggle with the process. Obviously, traditional floss is the most common and most frequently used type of floss, but some people still struggle with it. For example, some individuals have a hard time navigating the floss through their teeth or struggle to reach their back teeth. Others, especially those with sensitive teeth, can find typical floss too abrasive, or find that it frays too easily. But don’t worry. If you struggle with any of these issues, there are flossing options for you.

You may be thinking that toothpicks can act as one of these substitutes, at least for bits of food caught in your teeth. However, that simply isn’t true. Toothpicks won’t be able to adequately clean between your teeth, and could break inside between your teeth.  However, a sound alternative for you may be a floss pick. Floss picks are pieces of plastic with a curved end that holds a string of floss. Also, the other end of a floss stick is a pick that you can use to remove large food. Floss picks are particularly useful option for people who struggle to reach their back teeth and for the elderly.

Similarly, if you have sensitive teeth, you may find dental tape (or ribbon floss) more comfortable. Dental tape is wider than dental floss, and because it may be more comfortable, you may be more likely to floss with dental tape. Of course, your dentist may offer you specific advice based on your individual needs.

If you are interested in learning more, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.