What are Some Good Alternatives to Flossing?

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Tue, 04/22/2014

There are a number of products whose advertisements boast their ability to clean in between teeth. Many toothbrushes, mouthwashes, and other dental hygiene products suggest they can free you from the burden of flossing by being just as effective at preventing plaque buildup and gum disease.

Sadly, those products, no matter what they claim, will never be capable of replacing floss. The bottom line is this: there is no good alternative to flossing. Not one.

Why Flossing Matters

New products come and go, but floss remains the most effective way to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria from in between teeth. Specially designed toothbrushes may knock some plaque away. Antiseptic mouthwashes may kill some bacteria. Even toothpicks might be useful for removing visible food particles. But none of these options is anywhere near as useful as good old fashioned floss at preventing issues as diverse as bad breath and gum disease.

Clovis dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake understands that flossing may take some getting used to. During your regularly scheduled cleanings and examinations he would be happy to discuss proper technique, helping eventually make the process second nature.

To schedule your appointment with our experienced Clovis dentist, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves Clovis and surrounding California communities from our centrally located Fresno office.