The Best Type of Dental Floss

Thursday, September 26th, 2013, 7:39 pm

What is the best type of dental floss? Whatever kind you will use every day!

There are lots of different choices of dental floss on the market and it can be a bit confusing but it all can be used to prevent gum disease.

Nylon floss has been around for many years and if you buy the generic brand of floss it will usually be nylon. Nylon floss is the most common and least expensive type of floss.Nylon and silk floss are considered multifilament floss, meaning they are made up of many threads of the fabric. Nylon floss comes in various thicknesses and flavors and may be waxed or unwaxed.

Waxed or Plain?

The choice between waxed floss or plain is completely up to the patient. The best floss is the one you are going to use! Many people find that the waxed floss glides more smoothly between teeth. Most floss comes plain or flavored with mint. If you want to get exotic you can look online and find everything from bacon flavor to bubblegum.

A newer type of floss on the market is monofilament, usually made of some type of plastic or rubber. This floss is very strong and won’t rip or tear like the nylon or silk floss and it seems to glide very easily between teeth.

Both types of floss come in different thicknesses. Which thickness is right for you depends upon the spacing of your teeth. Try a few and figure out which seems most comfortable and effective for you. Remember if you have to “snap” the floss between your teeth you should tell your dentist. Some flosses are impregnated with fluoride and others are woven or textured and claim to remove more plaque and bacteria than regular floss.

There are also specialty floss products like floss threaders that are used to floss around braces and under dental bridges. Lots of people like the little floss picks that consist of a small handle with a short piece of floss attached. Keep a back of these in the car and you can floss when stuck in traffic!

Keeping your smile healthy is a team effort – you do the brushing and flossing – and schedule regular visits with your dental hygienist for professional cleanings. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit.


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