You just can’t reach all the spots
Sometimes your dental work, the size of your mouth, or just limited coordination make flossing an awkward task. “I have been recommending the Waterpik cordless water flosser which can be used in conjunction with flossing for hard to reach areas,” Dr Chern says. Using a water flosser can replace the standard string because the water reaches deeper areas and breaks up bacterial colonies and flushes them out thoroughly, he explains. “It may be easier for the patient to direct a flow of water between the teeth rather than use their fingers and hands to manipulate the floss into the proper position,” Dr Maser says.
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Medically reviewed by dentist Susanne Jackson