At Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego, we urge all our patients to keep their teeth as clean as possible. But we know a lot of them want convenience. That’s why so many use floss picks instead of conventional dental floss.
These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are affordable and can be used more discretely than floss.
While this may seem like a dream come true, floss picks are, in fact, a step below regular floss when it comes to effectiveness. Only string floss has The American Dental Association approval for cleaning in between teeth.
One of the issues with floss picks is that they can’t curve around teeth, which is necessary for thorough plaque removal.
What to do? If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. Carry them in your purse or backpack. But try to use regular dental floss, too, especially at the end of the day.
At Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. People from Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Bankers Hill come to our office for general and restorative dentitry. Call to schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!
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