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How to Use a Floss Threader

A floss threader is a plastic tool that helps you get floss into hard-to-reach places like under braces, fixed bridges, or dentures. Without a floss threader, it would be hard to get the floss into those areas. You can insert the floss into the threader, and then easily clean under braces, bridges, or dentures. This helps to prevent tooth decay, gum problems, and bone loss.

There is also a special type of floss that has rigid sections approximately every 18 inches. You can cut the floss in one of the rigid sections and insert the rigid end under orthodontic wires, bridges, or dentures and gently cleaning the surfaces.

Using a floss threader at least once a day, along with regular brushing and using an interdental brush, can help keep your mouth healthy and make your dental work last longer.

Author: Thomas J. Greany, D.D.S. / Editor: Ken Lambrecht

This page was last updated on May 9, 2023.