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What’s Better: a Toothpick, Floss, or a Water Flosser

Removing pieces of food from between the teeth is one of the basic tooth care procedures. Usually, people use 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.

1. Toothpick


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.

What’s best: toothpick, dental floss, or a water flosser

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