Take a look at Dr. Grillo’s and Dr. Anand’s full answers below.
To summarize them…
There are two cases for when you shouldn’t use floss picks.
If you have trouble using floss picks or floss handles due to dexterity issues…
Then you shouldn’t stop flossing.
Good oral health is very important.
Instead, try using a water pick, as it may be easier for you to use.
Although it’s unlikely that a floss pick will spread bacteria…
If you have cardiovascular disease in combination with poor oral health…
Then you might want to skip the disposable floss pick and use traditional finger floss instead.
Of course, always consult with your personal dentist about the specifics of your case prior to starting or stopping flossing.
Dr. Greg Grillo’s Answer
Are there any medical situations where the use of a disposable flosser or a reusable flosser is not advisable?