What flossing tools are best for people with less dexterity?

For a small child who has not yet developed the skills or coordination to floss, the best tools are an adult’s example and helping hands.

For those who have the skills but lack the coordination due to injury or infirmity, the best course of action is

  • Brush frequently and well
  • Use an electric flosser/water pick/water irrigator to wash away food that remains, especially in difficult-to-reach places
  • If manual dexterity allows, finish with a floss pick, using the Y-shaped holder instead of 2 fingers to guide the floss between each pair of teeth
  • Occasionally use a post-brushing mouth rinse designed for children to highlight trouble spots

As always, visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups to keep your smile its brightest.

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