Floss vs Piksters what’s the difference and what works best?

Most people have heard about flossing – but what about Piksters? Piksters are another product that may be more suitable than floss for some people. Piksters are mini dental brushes that are great for removing plaque and food between teeth and under the gums.


Dental Floss

  • effective for cleaning between teeth
  • requires two hands

The most popular form of interdental cleaning is dental floss. Children are taught to floss their teeth from an early age. Adults are advised to floss at least once a day. However, flossing involves a rather delicate, if not finicky, process that not everyone can get accustomed to. Winding a minty thread around a finger while pulflossing-freshling at the other end (with another hand), then slotting the thread between teeth gaps in a see-sawing motion may be dexterously challenging for some people. For this and other reasons, some people prefer using Piksters as a flossing alternative.



  • effective for cleaning between teeth
  • single hand use
  • easy to reach difficult spaces
  • come in different sizes

Piksters are ultra-slender interdental brushes. They have tiny cylindrical bristles that spring out laterally to clean spaces between teeth with great ease and efficiency. Piksters have a stiffened wire core that allows single-handed use, which makes it easier for the average person to clean the spaces between teeth. The lateral bristles are specially designed to reach into small crevices to effectively remove plaque and bacteria. Depending on your needs and the size of your tooth gaps, you can choose from an assortment of brush sizes (including Regular and Extra Large Perio sizes). If the Piksters brush is the correct size, you should be able to insert the brush head without force – with a gentle twist or wriggling motion.


A popular choice for people with orthodontic braces, implants and bridges, Piksters are great for reaching those difficult spaces. Particularly in the case of orthodontic braces, Piksters offer the benefit of being able to clean the tooth surface underneath the arch wire. Left uncleaned, braced teeth can demineralise, leaving unsightly permanent white and brown spots on the tooth surfaces which often result in decay.


If you’re unsure whether dental floss or Piksters will work better in your case, it’s really down to applying the right tool for the job. If you are a habitual flosser, then chances are you find flossing easy and great for cleaning between teeth after meals. However, if you find the process difficult to the point of avoiding flossing altogether, then user-friendly Piksters provide the better option.


Dental floss and Piksters offer great cleaning results, allowing you to clean difficult-to-reach areas; so important to help maintain optimum oral health. If you’re still unsure which is best for you, chat to us and we’ll be happy to advise you.


For professional and caring advice about all your oral hygiene needs please contact Fresh Dentistry (located in Blackburn) at +61 (03) 9878 8712 or send us an enquiry at [email protected]