Some people may avoid cleaning between their teeth precisely because they don’t enjoy one specific method, like using floss. If this describes you, you’re in luck! The modern world has more technologies and tools on the market than ever before to ensure you can choose the method that works best for you.
The best way to clean between your teeth is the one that you’ll actually be able to follow through on and do day in and day out. It’s a good idea to experiment and find the method that you enjoy most. If you have an orthodontic appliance, difficulty reaching certain areas, or simply don’t enjoy one method, rest assured other options are available.
Methods to properly clean between your teeth may include:
- Traditional floss: Also called string floss, this variety comes waxed or unwaxed in a long spool. You can remove sections at a time and thread them between your index fingers before use.
- Dental picks: This convenient disposable option typically consists of floss that’s pre-attached to a plastic handle, so you don’t need to thread it between your fingers. Be sure not to reuse these as they’ll be covered in bacteria after cleaning.
- An interdental brush: These helpful tools are similar to small toothbrushes. These may make it easier to clean difficult-to-reach areas of your mouth, especially if you have tiny gaps between your teeth or an orthodontic appliance.
- Flossing devices: There are many alternatives to flossing available for purchase, including water flossers that have gained recent popularity. Some enjoy water flossing over traditional options for its convenience, accessibility, and comfort. Another option to consider is floss threaders that make it easier to clean between your teeth if you have an orthodontic appliance.
Whatever option attracts you most, be sure to select a product with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance to ensure that professionals accept it. An interdental cleaning product must be more effective than brushing on its own and safe for use without damaging your mouth to gain approval.
Helpful tip: While it can be tempting to use other items to clean between your teeth, doing so is not recommended. Be sure not to use utensils, safety pins, or other methods that could damage your teeth.