Are electric dental flossers better than floss?

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These tiny, battery-powered devices are at least as good as regular floss — and in my experience, even a little better.

These tiny, battery-powered devices are at least as good as regular floss — and in my experience, even a little better. It’s easier to get an electric flosser into hard-to-reach spots, like the back of the mouth, so you’re more likely to give your teeth a good cleaning. The vibrations from the device also make the floss more comfortable going through tightly spaced chompers. My advice to gadget lovers: Go for it.

Electric flossers are also ideal for teens, who notoriously slack off when it comes to good oral hygiene. For them, flossing this way seems cooler and more modern. Electric flossers are also super-helpful for people with arthritis or those who don’t have a lot of manual dexterity. Since they can’t wrap the floss tightly around their fingers and easily manipulate it, many of them give up. But this device will do the work for them. Just remember: Whether you stay traditional or go high-tech, it’s important that you floss at least once a day!

Dr. Laura Peles is a dental surgeon who specializes in general restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Madison, Wisc.

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