We’ve already shown that, generally speaking…
Floss picks are a hygienic way to floss.
Although you should still be careful…
As some dental picks can physically damage your teeth, like metal floss picks.
And there are a couple of scenarios where floss picks may not be the right choice for you.
But what about spreading the germs around your mouth? Should you be worried about that?
At Free RadiKal, we typically comb through a lot of objective evidence from clinical trials in order to write our articles.
We didn’t find any good medical research on this article’s question.
We asked two dentists to give us their professional opinions on the matter. And we encourage you to read Dr. Grillo’s and Dr. Anand’s full answers below as a result.
That being said, we wanted to neatly reconcile their thoughts for you as well…
As they both agreed on this topic…
Yet shared some unique insights as well.
Remember that your mouth is already full of bacteria…
Which your saliva can easily spread around without any additional help.
So it’s also theoretically possible for flossers to spread bacteria. Just like it can happen with regular floss. And just like it can happen with your toothbrush as well.
This is very unlikely to occur to any detrimental degree, especially if you have healthy gums and teeth…
And if you don’t reuse disposable flossers.
If you have unhealthy gums or teeth, then there’s a slight chance that floss picks will spread bad germs around your mouth and lead to problems.
Even in this case, you can minimize the risk of any issues by brushing and rinsing your teeth immediately after flossing with a floss pick.
Unless your dentist tells you otherwise…
You shouldn’t neglect to floss your teeth out of a fear that floss picks will spread bacteria. That’s because the benefits of flossing usually outweigh these risks.
If you don’t floss your teeth then you can develop cavities and gum disease.
Make sure to read the full answers below and to consult your own dentist about this topic for insights specific to your case.
Please also note: Dr. Grillo’s and Dr. Anand’s independent responses were edited solely for minor aspects of grammar, spelling, and clarity.
Dr. Greg Grillo’s Answer
Do disposable floss picks or reusable flossers spread bacteria?