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Using Flossing Picks Can Damage Your Teeth

Posted on 10/10/2016 by Nic Grasvik
A woman in pain after using a flossing pick to clean her teeth.
Flossing picks have gained immense popularity over the past decade. This is especially true for families with small children, where adding the addition of a favorite Disney princess or superhero makes proper oral hygiene much more fun.

But are these little picks actually a healthy way to floss your teeth. Is it okay to use the same piece of floss between all of your teeth?

4 Reasons Why Flossing Picks Are Not Good for Your Oral Health

If you are looking to navigate a path toward a healthier smile, then it would be wise for you to steer clear of flossing picks. Here are 4 good reasons why flossing picks are not good for your oral health.

1.  Flossing picks can cause damage to sensitive gum tissue. Remember when you were a kid and would sit in a circle with friends taking turns "popping" each other with a rubber band? Flossing picks can be similar to that "pop" when used between teeth that are tightly together. When the floss "pops" through the opening it can hit the gum leading to trauma.
2.  Flossing picks do not allow for valuable feedback. The best thing that you can do to maintain good oral health is to be aware of what is going on inside of your mouth. Flossing picks tend to cause you to be more disconnected with what is coming out from in between your teeth and therefore does not offer the valuable feedback necessary to maintaining a healthy smile.
3.  Flossing picks can spread bad germs to healthy parts of your mouth. This goes without saying, but using the same piece of floss for all of your teeth can ultimately spread bad germs to good areas of the mouth.
4.  Flossing picks are bad for the environment. We all want to reduce our carbon footprint and do what is best for our planet. One time use plastics make quite the negative impact.

If you want to keep your mouth healthy and bright stick to the old fashioned way of flossing, it is better for you and the environment.

Please contact us if you have any questions about flossing picks.


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Beaverton, OR 97005


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