Floss Pick Facts For Maple Grove

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Health-conscious people want to keep their teeth as clean as possible. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we applaud their efforts!

However, a lot of folks are also looking for convenience. We can’t really fault them for that. But a lot of them turn to floss picks instead of conventional dental floss, and as dental health professionals, that makes us a little uncomfortable.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are economical and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are a step below actual floss when it comes to effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved regular dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. Why not floss picks? One issue with them is that the strand of floss on them won’t curve to form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

What is a person to do? Find that middle ground. We think floss picks are great during the day, since they fit easily into a purse or pocket. They’re there for after-lunch or after-snack flossing. But try to use regular dental floss every day, too. Before bedtime is ideal.

At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we like to see our patients stay on top of their dental health. That includes cleanings and checkups every six months. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Call 763-494-4443 today to schedule an exam or consultation.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota


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