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Maintaining a healthy smile makes flossing very important, as floss products can reach the tight places of your smile that a toothbrush can’t access. However, many individuals struggle with flossing for a variety of reasons and can’t achieve a fully clean smile. Fortunately, our team can guide you toward alternative flossing options to help you maintain excellent dental health.

Because your toothbrush can’t clean between your teeth, the only way to prevent plaque buildup in these areas is to use a floss product. Untreated plaque buildup is one of the main causes of inflamed gums and gum disease, which can lead to additional serious health problems, such as chronic bad breath, tooth loss, and weakened bone structure.

Fortunately, if you are one of many patients who struggle with traditional dental floss, there are alternative methods you can try, such as floss picks. A method of flossing that many people find to be an effective alternative to traditional wax floss is water floss. This interdental cleaning tool produces a guided stream of water that flushes food particles and plaque from your teeth. It offers several attachments so that you can choose the one that works best for you.

If you are unsure what is the best flossing alternative for your smile, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Harbin and Dr. Kempton, to discuss your options for flossing in Gaylord, Michigan. Give our team a call at (989) 448‑2664 today to schedule your appointment!