If you skip cleaning between your teeth because you have trouble flossing or you simply don’t like to do it, then you are putting your mouth at risk for problems like cavities or gum disease.
Traditional string floss may not be the right method for you — and that’s okay! The best way to clean between your teeth is whichever way you will actually stick to doing every day.
Here are 3 other ways to clean between your teeth that can be just as effective as floss:
Pre-threaded floss holders
If you have trouble holding floss with your fingers, these pre-threaded flossers have an easier-to-hold handle that can help you reach in between your teeth. These are also convenient for travel and to clean between your teeth when you’re on the go.
These brushes help “sweep” away plaque and food that your regular toothbrush can’t reach. Also known as interdental brushes, they are ideal for keeping orthodontic work like braces clean, too.
Dental picks are made of wood or plastic and are specially designed to remove plaque and help to stimulate blood flow in your gums. (Note: these are not the same as regular toothpicks!)
Powered interdental cleaners
Powered cleaners work much like a powered toothbrush. They may use string floss or a gentle yet powerful stream of water to remove bits of food and plaque from between your teeth and below the gum line. Many have timers and different levels of intensity — all at the push of a button.
Powered cleaners are ideal if you have problems with your grip, if you wear braces, or if you have had other treatments like implant-supported dentures or bridges.