There’s a Lot of Misinformation About Floss Picks
Disposable flossers (single-use floss picks) are found in just about every pharmacy aisle…
And floss holders (reusable floss picks) are becoming a popular, eco-friendlier, alternative to them.
But at the end of the day…
Both these types of flossers are just a device with a piece of floss that’s strung between two prongs.
So they’re pretty much the same in terms of function.
A quick search on “Dr. Google” will yield a lot of misinformation about single-use floss picks and reusable flossers.
Like false claims that they’re not as effective as floss…
Inconsistent opinions on whether or not they’re bad for your teeth…
Or if it’s ok to use one pick for the entire mouth or to reuse a disposable pick.
One common claim is that it’s not hygienic to use disposable flossers nor reusable floss picks.
But is this really true?
Or are floss picks a healthy way to floss your teeth?
Regular readers of our blog articles know we’re all about evidence-based medicine and information. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any clinical trials in the English language that answered this article’s question.
So we did the next best thing:
We asked two practicing dentists the same question.
To prevent “group think” we asked them for their honest opinion independently of one another.
Let’ see what Dr. Grillo and Dr. Anand had to say.
Dr. Greg Grillo’s Answer
Assuming a person has healthy gums and teeth: Are floss holders and disposable flossers a hygienic way to floss; why or why not?