alternatives to flossing teeth

Top 3 Alternatives to Flossing

I want you and your family to be free of cavities and gingivitis.  Brushing and flossing are preventive steps that will reduce the risk of cavities and gingivitis.  Are you finding it hard to floss on a regular basis like your dentist suggested?  Do you have a hard time flossing because your fingers seem too big for your mouth? You just don’t have the dexterity?  Is flossing taking up too much time and you just don’t want to do it? I know just getting some people to brush is a major accomplishment, let alone brush and floss.  

Good news is there are alternatives to flossing.  I have a short list of products that are effective and will keep your dentist (and hygienist) pleased when you go for your next check up.

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Water Flosser


My go-to product to replacing flossing is the Water flosser by Waterpik. The water flosser is very effective in removing food and debris that is stuck between your teeth. The pulsation and water pressure gets in those hard to reach areas that keep your teeth clean.  I personally have one of my own. I must say that there is a little bit of a learning curve to using this device. Once you get the hang of using the water flosser, it is a game changer.  You won’t want to use floss again.


The water flosser is particularly effective for those who have traditional braces. Brackets tend to hold on to food and plaque making it very difficult to maintain good oral hygiene. Especially for my lazy teenagers with braces.  There is a cordless version out there if you need a convenient and portable Water Flosser.


My favorite thing about the water flosser is that it has the ADA seal of acceptance. Side note … the ADA seal of acceptance is my goal standard when guiding my patients (and myself) on what dental products to purchase.


Interdental Cleaner


Another alternative is using an interdental cleaner. It looks like a pipe cleaner and is great at getting in between tight spaces. They come in various sizes to help you get in between big and small spaces with ease.  If you have braces or a bridge, this is a great alternative instead of using floss on a threader. Using a floss and threader can be very time-consuming.  Having these disposable interdental cleaners will cut the time it takes to get your mouth clean before bed.  


When I had braces I would get food stuck in my brackets after meals.  My friends had a problem with letting me know when I had food stuck in my teeth.  This lead to a few embarrassing moments with the cute guys on campus.  Having a few of these in your backpack will help in between brushing to keep those brackets free of food.



Dental Pick


The dental pick is one of the most common alternatives to floss for my patients.  It is easy to get in between your teeth especially if you have dexterity issues or you feel that your fingers are just too big for your mouth.  This product is especially helpful for the kiddos that have teeth that are close together.  I have used these on my soon to get in between his back teeth and it is SO much easier than using floss.


There are many other products out there that can be used as an alternative to flossing.  I only recommend products that I have used myself in this post.


Let me know you what you use.  Do you use floss or do you have an alternative that you have incorporated into your routine?


With lots of love,
Dr Toni


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  5. Nicole

    My son is 13 and wears traditional braces, so I got him a Waterpik. It does an amazing job getting into all the tight spaces. He says his mouth feels really clean after he uses it.

    1. The Waterpik is especially helpful when braces are involved. Those brackets tend to hold on to so much food and plaque throughout the day. The Waterpik is great at blasting it all away. I am so glad that you got him the Waterpik!

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