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Flosser – inconspicuous, but useful tool for good oral hygiene

2 August 2017

Cleaning the interdental surfaces is essential to those, who care about keeping their teeth healthy. There are many devices we can use – irrigators, interdental toothbrushes or dental flosses. This last product is the one people choose most often. Anyone who has tried to floss their interdental surfaces even once knows that it’s not exactly the easiest thing ever, especially when it comes to the teeth in the back and the tight gaps between them. We shouldn’t give up on cleaning them carefully though – we should give an inconspicuous tool known as the flosser a try instead.

What’s a flosser?

Flosser is a device which makes removing dental plaque and food remains from hard to reach interdental surfaces easier. It consists of a small, comfortable handle, with a waxed dental floss mounted at the top. It’s easy to place between the teeth in the back – the ones which are the hardest to floss regularly. Flosser is small, which allows us to take it anywhere with us, and also very hygienic – we don’t have to touch the floss itself with out fingers, while the device itself usually goes straight to trash once we’re done.

Flosser types

There are two types of flossers avaible on the market.

Traditional flossers

Also known as the flosspicks. Usually constructed in a way which allows them to act as a combination of dental floss and a toothpick, making them perfect for cleaning the interdental surfaces, and a tongue cleaner which can easily remove all bacteria from it. Such structure allows the flosser to be fully functional and capable of removing the dental plaque and biofilm from any space the toothbrush can’t reach. In other words, we get a very compact tool which can significantly improve our oral hygiene. Such flossers are avaible in both disposable and reusable variants.

Electric flossers

These devices are battery powered. The tip of such flosser is made out of nylon. It makes about 10.000 movements per minute. It’s recommended to replace it every 3 days. This device is perfect for the people who have a harder time cleaning their interdental surfaces, like those who wear bridges.

How to use a flosser?

The flosser is used in a similar way to a dental floss. We need to aim it at the interdental surface we want to clean, gently place the floss in it and then clean the sides of the teeth. The dental floss needs to be moved up and down gently so that it doesn’t damage our gums. Moving it too hard might cause bleeding. Using it like this will allow us to safely and carefully clean the interdental surfaces.


The traditional flosser will cost us around 2.50 pounds for a pack of 40. The electric device can be bought for somewhere around 15 pounds, with the nylon tips for these being priced at 8.50 pounds for 30 tips.

The dentists agree that the interdental surfaces should be cleaned at least once a day. If you find it problematic – try a flosser. This small and cheap device will help you avoid the unwanted cavities.

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