Brushing your teeth is essential to your daily care and cleanliness, with experts recommending you brush for at least two minutes twice a day. In addition, you protect yourself from periodontal disease with proper oral care. However, toothbrushes cannot reach into smaller crevices.
Floss is popular with dentists because it cleans in between your teeth and removes hard-to-reach plaque and food debris near the gum line. It is essential to include flossing at least once daily as a part of your oral maintenance.
Flossing tools vary in ingredients and processes. The best one for you may depend on how the floss works. While there are hundreds of options, we will tell you five of the best floss and irrigator products chosen by LPS Dental.
How to Use Floss
Before we start, we have advice on the best flossing practices. You can misuse floss, which may cause damage to your gum line. Keep these tips in mind as you clean your mouth:
- Break off 18 to 24 inches of dental floss from the dispenser, or use single use floss out of a packet. Hold the floss by winding most of it around your middle fingers and pulling tightly, leaving an inch or two to floss between your teeth. You can use your pointer finger and thumb to shape the floss.
- Slide your floss gently between two teeth, rubbing it up and down to dislodge any plaque and food. Be sure to focus on each side of each tooth, putting slight pressure on the side you are cleaning. Be careful not to pull upwards too hard and injure your gums.
- Curve your floss around the base of your tooth in a C shape. Your floss can then slide between your gums and your tooth.
- As you clean each tooth, change your hold on the floss to use a clean section each time. Repeat until you have cleaned both sides of all teeth.
It may take practice to floss correctly and get your gums used to the presence of floss. Some bleeding and slight pain may occur the first few times, though not much. If you notice a large amount of bleeding or pain when flossing, contact us for a dental appointment to check if it is a more detrimental issue.
1. The Best General Floss
Oral-B is one of the leading brands in oral care supplies, and they have a wide range of floss with specific features, like flavors and thread thickness. Of their products, the Pro-Health Comfort Plus exceeds in comfort and sturdiness.
The thread thickness allows it to slide between tightly fitted teeth, while the softness ensures a gentle but firm clean. In addition, this monofilament floss is not likely to break or fray, and its beeswax covering helps you slide the floss between your teeth.
2. The Best Floss for Braces and Bridges
When you wear braces or bridges, you have metal, ceramic, or plastic in the way of sliding between your teeth. However, these dental tools do not have to be a barrier to cleaning teeth. Oral brands formulate super floss specifically to help with flossing around oral appliances.
Oral-B Super Floss has a stiff end to allow for threading between your teeth above the brace line or around the metal. The spongy floss helps clean around the appliance and remove any plaque or calculus building up. The strands are pre-measured and ready for immediate use!
3. The Best Floss for Children
Kids may have a hard time handling floss and moving it properly. To protect their growing teeth and gums from damage, you may prefer they have some pre-measured and easy-to-handle floss. Plackers Kids Flossers are floss picks with flavorful floss and textured handles to allow your child to try flossing.
There are adult floss picks, but we recommend using regular or super floss because you cannot form the C-shape for the base of your tooth with floss picks. Still, they are great for introducing children to oral health care. For adults, they are better than nothing!
4. The Best Floss for Sensitive Gums
Although some bleeding while flossing may happen at the beginning, continued bleeding alludes to periodontal disease or sensitive gums. In the latter case, you may need a thicker or stretchier floss that is easier on your gum line, like Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss.
This brand makes their floss material with more natural and safe ingredients, being gluten, PTFE, and BPA free, though they blend vegetable wax and beeswax for ease of use. They also specialize in a single cinnamon-like flavor—a fresh change from the mint flavor!
5. The Best Floss for Mobility
We understand that many disabilities prevent the arm and hand movements integral to using regular floss, or you may have other reasons for disliking regular floss. Thankfully, oral irrigators or water flossers are just as effective as regular floss. You can also integrate mouthwash into the water for additional benefits!
Hydro Floss products use water to floss between teeth and have different pressure settings for those hard-to-reach places and use around braces or other oral appliances. The standard water flosser stores a lot of water you can use in one sitting or for several cleanings. The magnets they use to ionize the water also help reduce future plaque buildup.
LPS Dental in Chicago
Using toothpaste and floss is integral to your oral health, but so is a visit to the dentist. You should check in with a dentist once every six months to give your teeth a deep clean and to ensure your mouth is healthy.
LPS Dental strives to provide patients with the best Chicago dentists with over 30 years of experience serving Illinoisans with dedicated care and extensive dental knowledge. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment for you. Call (312) 337-1665 to book an appointment at our Lincoln Park office, or (312) 236-9325 for our Downtown Loop location, or our new location in Norwood Park at (773) 774-1493. Let us ensure your long-term oral health, together!