Hate To Floss? 3 Other Ways to Clean Between Your Teeth

If you skip cleaning between your teeth because you have trouble flossing or you simply don’t like to do it, then you are putting your mouth at risk for problems like cavities or gum disease.

Traditional string floss may not be the right method for you — and that’s okay! The best way to clean between your teeth is whichever way you will actually stick to doing every day. 

Here are 3 other ways to clean between your teeth that can be just as effective as floss:

According to the American Dental Association

 Woman using floss pick on upper teeth

Pre-threaded floss holders 

If you have trouble holding floss with your fingers, these pre-threaded flossers have an easier-to-hold handle that can help you reach in between your teeth. These are also convenient for travel and to clean between your teeth when you’re on the go.

Dental picks/brushes

These brushes help “sweep” away plaque and food that your regular toothbrush can’t reach. Also known as interdental brushes, they are ideal for keeping orthodontic work like braces clean, too.

Dental picks are made of wood or plastic and are specially designed to remove plaque and help to stimulate blood flow in your gums. (Note: these are not the same as regular toothpicks!)

 Woman using a powered interdental cleaner

Powered interdental cleaners

Powered cleaners work much like a powered toothbrush. They may use string floss or a gentle yet powerful stream of water to remove bits of food and plaque from between your teeth and below the gum line. Many have timers and different levels of intensity — all at the push of a button. Powered cleaners are ideal if you have problems with your grip, if you wear braces, or if you have had other treatments like implant-supported dentures or bridges.

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Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance

No matter which way you decide to clean between your teeth, selecting products that display the ADA Seal of Acceptance is your sign that they have been tested and proven to work as they say they do.

Products with the ADA Seal take the guesswork out of selecting products that can help keep your mouth healthy.

Talk about your options with your dentist or dental hygienist

Everybody’s oral care needs are different; the best way to clean between your teeth is the one you will actually do every day! Your dental team can help you decide which method will set you up for success.

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