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Flossing is not easy for many people. If you do not floss regularly, flossing can cause bleeding and sore gums. Other people find it hard or awkward to wedge the floss between their teeth. However, what many people do not know is that if they struggle with any of these problems, perhaps they are using the wrong floss applicator.

There are two different styles of floss applicators available. It’s important to know the difference between them so you can find the floss applicator that works best for you. These options include:

Traditional Floss

Traditional floss is an excellent option for people who like to have more control around their teeth. If you have excellent coordination, then this might be the best floss for you. With traditional floss, you will spool it around your fingers and guide it between your teeth. This floss application offers more control with the use of your fingers and it reaches deep in the gumline.

Flossing Sticks

Flossing sticks are excellent options for people who don’t usually like the technique required for traditional flossing. The sticks are small tools that have a point at one end of the stick, like a toothpick, and the floss at the other end, already measured out. There is no need to wind the floss around your fingers; therefore, you don’t need to worry about losing circulation in your fingers. It’s also an excellent option for people who struggle with coordination or grip.

Both flossing techniques have advantages that will help you deeply clean your teeth. When you first start flossing, your gumline may be sore and tender. However, after time and continuous flossing, the discomfort will fade and your gums and smile will be healthier and stronger. If you have questions about which floss applicator is best for you, talk to your dentist. Your dentist can answer any questions you have about flossing. Call us today at 904-641-2655 and schedule an appointment so we can lead you to a healthier smile.