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Hate Flossing? Ditch the Thread and Try This Instead

Hate Flossing

Hate Flossing? Ditch the Thread and Try This Instead

 

Hate FlossingThere are many things to love about flossing… okay, I can actually only think of one: The fact that it helps prevent tooth and gum pain. Even though your dentist recommends you do it on the daily, few of us do. In fact, 27 percent of us actually lie to our doctors about being regular flossers. As if they couldn’t tell. We get it, flossing can be a pain. But if you fear the floss, worry not, because here are some thread alternatives that you can really get behind.

If it’s winding that long piece of waxy string around your fingers you hate, or opening wide and sticking your whole hand inside your mouth to try to get to those back teeth, then try a handheld flosser. Either disposable or refillable, it gets you the perfect amount of floss every time, and can even get into those hard to reach places with relative ease.

Interdental brushes are another way to help remove plaque and bacteria without having to really get in there. Using a smaller head with shorter bristles, they can reach places your toothbrush can’t. You can get disposable or reusable versions, but you’d have to replace the bristles on a regular basis. However, if the idea of using a brush right after using a brush isn’t exactly appealing, this one might not be for you.

Another floss alternative is an electric flosser like this one by Philips Sonicare. Designed with “inconsistent flossers” (guilty!) in mind, you can use it with either mouthwash or water. It works by shooting out three timed bursts of liquid to get into those hard to reach places.  Best of all, it’s small, easy to use and rechargeable. 

Flossing with thread might not be your thing, but Dr. Heller recommends flossing daily with something. Why is flossing so important? Flossing helps remove the plaque and bacteria buildup from in between your teeth and beneath the gum line. Which in turn helps prevent cavities, inflammation, bad breath and gum disease. Plus, it will totally alleviate the guilt factor on your next teeth cleaning during that awkward moment when your dentist inevitably asks, “Have you been flossing?” 

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