There Are Different Types of Dental Floss

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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth twice each day in order to remove plaque and residual food particles from your mouth. You should floss between your teeth and along the gumline immediately after brushing. This is by far the most effective way to remove residual food particles and plaque from areas to help prevent the early onset of periodontal disease.

With that being said, there are a few different types of dental floss for you to consider. While they all work on the same principle, certain characteristics might cater to your specific needs or personal preference.

Most brands of dental floss are made from either nylon or extruded monofilament.

Unwaxed dental floss is essentially a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. Even though some manufacturers will apply added flavors to unwaxed nylon floss, most choose to sell it plain.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. The waxy coating helps the strand slip into tight places, making it preferable for people with tight-fitting teeth or braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives such as mint.

On a clinical level, both types of floss are equally effective at removing residual food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gumline. It really does come down to a matter of personal preference.

If you have questions about dental floss in Greenwood, Mississippi, or about how to improve your flossing technique, you can always call Family Dental Associates at 662-453-5536 to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. Adam Hodges.