Floss Picks Versus Regular Floss: Which One Is Better For Your Teeth?

Flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. It cleans and dislodges food stuck between your teeth which reduces bacteria and plaque buildup (via Healthline). You should floss at least once per day, and it is recommended that you floss before brushing your teeth. When it comes to flossing, you have a couple of different options to choose from. Some people like to use regular floss while others prefer the convenience of floss picks.

According to many dentists, regular floss is your best option for clean teeth. Floss picks contain a short, taut piece of string that can't fully conform to the shape of your teeth (via The Steele Creek Dentist). This means that your teeth may not get as clean when you use floss picks as opposed to flexible traditional floss. To correctly use traditional floss, pull out 18 inches of floss from the container. Wind most of the floss around both of your middle fingers so that your fingers are roped together with one or two inches of space in between. Wrapping the floss around your middle fingers allows your thumbs and index fingers to guide your floss more accurately in your mouth. Make sure to clean between every tooth thoroughly.

The importance of good dental care

There are many reasons to brush and floss regularly. Neglecting these health habits can put you at risk of developing gum disease, which can actually increase your risk of developing diabetes (via Mayo Clinic). When bacteria travels into the body, it might trigger the body's immune system to respond to fight back. This can affect the body's ability to control blood sugar levels and may lead to type 2 diabetes over time. Diabetes can put you at risk of other conditions, including heart disease.

Some experts also believe that your flossing habits can say a lot about the health choices you make in other areas of your life (via WebMD). People who take good care of their teeth are more likely to take good care of their overall health. Good dental health involves eating a balanced diet of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. This diet is also recommended for good heart health. When you floss regularly and keep your mouth healthy, you are probably likely to keep the rest of your body healthy as well.