What’s Better: a Toothpick, Floss, or a Water Flosser
5-Minute Crafts is going to show the pros and cons of using a toothpick, dental floss, and a water flosser. And at the end of the article, there’s a chart to help you choose the best tool for you.
➕ Easy to use
➕ Always accessible
➖ Might damage the gums and the enamel.
➖ Might damage veneers.
➖ A piece of toothpick might get stuck in your gum.
➖ If you touch a toothpick with dirty hands or damage your gums, you might get an infection.
2. Dental floss
➕ Allows you to clean each tooth very well.
➕ Prevents tartar from forming.
➖ You need to know the right technique.
➖ Might cause bleeding gums.
➖ Might not clean hard to reach spots.
➖ You need to wash your mouth after using floss to get rid of the plaque and food pieces.
3. Water flosser
➕ Easy to use.
➕ Great for sensitive gums.
➕ Good if you have braces, implants, and so on.
➕ Better at cleaning hard-to-reach spots.
➕ Good for people with arthritis or those that can’t handle floss.
➕ Good for people who have a dry mouth.
➖ Not as good at removing dental plaque.
➖ The water might leave stains on the clothes and other surfaces.
➖ More expensive than toothpicks.
➖ Needs power.