Although we tried our very best…
We couldn’t find any objective (clinical trial) research that directly answered this article’s question.
That’s okay though.
We asked two practicing dentists to answer the question for us. We encourage you to read their full answers below.
We thought it would be best to quickly summarize what they had to say…
Should you use one floss pick for the whole mouth?
If you use disposable floss picks, then you can use just one floss pick every time you floss. You don’t have to get a new disposable flosser for every gap between your teeth. You don’t need a new floss pick for every tooth.
There’s just one catch.
And we address it below.
How often do you need to re-string a floss holder for every session of flossing?
If you use a reusable floss pick, then you don’t have to re-string the floss holder for every tooth. Or for every gap between the teeth.
Again, there’s just one catch.
Here’s the catch
Although you typically don’t need more than one floss pick per session of flossing…
If you notice that the floss is shredding, stretching, or coming apart in any way…
Then you’ll definitely want to use a new floss pick.
The same idea goes for floss holders.
If you notice the floss is losing tension or is shredding, then you’ll need to re-string the floss holder.
Unless you’re using the Element floss holder…
The Element lets you instantly re-tension the floss…
So you don’t have to unwind the old floss and wind a new piece of floss.
Dr. Greg Grillo’s Answer
For a single session of flossing, is it ok for a person to use the same disposable flosser for the entire mouth? Is it ok for a person to use the same section of floss on a floss holder for the entire mouth? Should a person rinse the floss pick occasionally as they floss the mouth?