I’ll Never be a Flosser. Here’s What You Can Try Instead

interproximal brush

interproximal brushShoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA

For some patients, it seems that no matter how much dental professionals stress the importance of flossing, you still find yourself forgoing this crucial step during your oral hygiene routine. Either you do not have time (so you think), or you are repulsed by the grossness factor of it, you just don’t floss. The key is interproximal care (cleaning between your teeth). Even nonflossers need to clean between their teeth.

Here are some tips to help amp up your oral hygiene routine, for all of the nonflossers out there. Now, that is not to say that flossing should be ignored, but if you simply just dig your heels into the ground, refusing to floss, try these tips instead.


A Waterpik is an excellent way of cleaning bacteria and food particles from between your teeth and around the gumline. This is especially essential for patients who have restorative dentistry such as dental crowns or bridges, implants, or fillings. No matter the quality of your dental restoration, no restoration is as perfectly smooth as your natural teeth. Therefore, cleaning around these areas is essential to prevent further decay or intrusion of bacteria. Waterpiks are even available in cordless models, so you can take it with you when you travel.

Interproximal Brush

An interproximal brush is a small brush that can easily fit between your teeth to clean them. Using an interproximal brush will still take as much time as flossing, but at least you can avoid sticking your fingers in your mouth. This oral hygiene device is especially ideal for cleaning under dental bridges and implants, where food tends to collect. The best part about it is that one of these brushes should only set you back a few bucks. That is nothing in compared to what you will save in costly dental care down the road, should you ignore cleaning between your teeth.

To schedule your next appointment, contact Hoag and Dotsch today by calling (206) 966-4221.

At Hoag and Dotsch, we are proud to provide oral health care to patients in the area of Shoreline, WA.

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