How to Have a Healthy Mouth Without Flossing Your Teeth

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Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are that you have heard that brushing AND flossing are necessary for having a healthy mouth

And, although it is recommended by most dental professionals and the media, I’m happy to say that there are plenty of people that disagree about flossing’s  effectiveness, AND these people also have very healthy mouths without flossing!

Now I could give you all of the reasons that floss is less than effective, but if I spent time doing that I would lose you on what to do….Soooooo, if you want to know why flossing is less than effective, click here to read, otherwise let’s keep on going, shall we?!

In order to have a healthy mouth, you need to disrupt the bacteria in your mouth, everywhere

Tooth and gum brushing is importanthealthy mouth without flossing

Standard issue toothbrushes have a hard time getting under the gum and in between the teeth.  Thanks to a new design of toothbrush bristles, it is much easier to get in-between the teeth, and under the gums.

These bristles are called ETB’s (Extremely Tapered Bristles) and they are designed to clean all areas of the tooth and gum, without causing gum damage.  An example of this brush is the Deep Clean by Butler GUM. (Click the link to see the brush.)

You still need to make sure that you are using the brush correctly and that it is getting to all parts of the tooth and gums.  As a hygienist, I find this to be the single biggest mistake that people make when brushing their teeth.  Make sure you brush the gums, and not just the teeth.

Find a product that gets in between the teeth

Although floss isn’t required, in order to clean the nooks and crannies you need to find a tool small enough to get to the area where the teeth contact.  The Sulcabrush is a great alternative to flossing.

The Sulcabrush has a long handle (which makes it easy to hold and use) with miniature bristles on each end.  The bristles on each end are angled to help you get to the inside and outside of the teeth, and the tips are replaceable.  This is a great tool that costs around $4.00!  Much less than a cavity any day!

Irrigation makes life much, much easier

Bacteria are tiny, and they stick to each other like glue.  Using an irrigator at home will help remove bacteria in places that no other tool can reach.healthy mouth without flossing

Studies continue to show that it is the bacteria in the “pocket” of the tooth (the area between tooth and gums) that causes cavities, gum disease and a myriad of other health problems like heart disease, diabetes and dementia.  Using an irrigator flushes out the bacteria so that they don’t have the opportunity to stick to each other and cause the issues.

A great example of an irrigator is a HydroFloss.  We like the HydroFloss because it is pressure regulated so that it will not damage the gum tissue like many other irrigators on the market.

A good mouth rinse (or a series of mouth rinses) will help kill the bad bacteria living in the mouth.

There is a need for good bacteria in the mouth.  When choosing a mouth rinse you want one that will kill the harmful bacteria, but will allow the good bacteria to thrive!

Make sure your mouth rinse is alcohol free, and find one that has the right combination of essential oils that help to create a balance of good and bad bacteria in your mouth.  I happen to love Tooth and Gums Tonic, but it is because as a dental hygienist, I have seen nothing but amazing results with this product for over 10 yrs.

(Tooth and Gums Tonic was one of the main reasons that we started Natural Gumption!  It is an awesome mouth rinse that was really difficult for people to find it unless their dentist sold it in their practice.  Although it is not available in stores, it is worth the investment because this stuff is AMAZING!)

So there you have it!

Following these steps will help ensure that you have a healthy mouth without flossing your teeth.  I can honestly say that it has been years since I have flossed regularly (however, I do irrigate and use a Sulcabrush regularly), and it has been years since I have had any dental problems!  I did, however grow up in the dental chair having repeated dental issues, so I know what is like first hand!

What do you do to avoid dental problems?  Leave a comment and let us and the other readers know what works for you!

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About the Author:

Carrie is a dental hygienist, oral health coach and creator of Oral Health Coaching, an online course that teaches you how to care for your mouth with life long results.  Her daily “bite-size” pieces to understanding what it takes to achieve a healthy mouth make it easy to learn and implement at home. Carrie owns and operates, where she studies and recommends natural oral health care products that are effective and deliver great results.  She helps families all over the world via Skype, and works locally in person as well as an oral health coach, a personal trainer for your mouth.  She is happy to consult with anyone who may have questions. Come say hello on , Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Anita Leipper March 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the updates.
    I use a Sulcabrush. I also floss, and I like to use an inter-dental brush. And an oral irrigator. I feel that the crowns and the crooked teeth need all methods to get to every area. I wasn’t aware of ETBs, another item to check out.
    How do we know how the bristles are formulated? I also use the Bass brush for gums, because of the bristle ends being rounded and soft.
    I use Dr.Tung’s floss, but it shreds around the crowns. I’m going to be switching to one of the stretchy ones which doesn’t shred. I noticed it’s advertised as having a Listerine clean!! I can look up the brand. Not sure I want something that adds chemicals.

  2. Laurel Janssen Byrne March 14, 2014 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I think it’s important to use all of these, and use them properly. As a popcorn lover, I need floss. And my beloved hydrofloss. And my Tooth & Gums Tonic rinse. And my sulca brush. Their concert is better than any of their solos.

    • Carrie Ibbetson March 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      You my friend, are a cross training guru! Glad these systems have helped, and glad that we have helped you get to the bottom of so many issues that were not uncovered by anyone else!

  3. Yvon January 22, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I am curious as to why floss isn’t as effective, so I think I’ll read that other article. Some of your ideas are good, but they do seem a little expensive as in buying an irrigation system. I don’t know how much they cost, but it doesn’t sound free. The most important I think is that you have to do at least something to take care of your teeth.

  4. Ashley Woods December 12, 2016 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Flossing is highly recommended for removing the sticky film called plaque. In the absence of this, the bacteria in that plaque can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease (gum disease). Most importantly, brushing at least twice a day (though it’s recommended after every meal) and flossing help remove those tiny food deposits that tend to get stuck in between your teeth. Also, make sure you use a fluoridated toothpaste as it strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the chances of gingivitis.

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