Brushing your teeth is essential for keeping your mouth clean. Yet brushing alone is not enough to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Why should you floss and how often? To remove hard-to-reach food, bacteria and plaque buildup between teeth and along the gum line, you need to floss daily.
Dental floss comes in a variety of colors, materials and even flavors, but it can be difficult to know which type is best for you. Here’s a look at the different types of floss and how to determine which floss to choose.
Varieties of Floss
You may know that flossing is important, but understanding which type of floss is best for your teeth is crucial, as well. Common types of floss include:
- Nylon floss: This type of dental floss is the most widely used. It can be waxed or unwaxed, flavored or unflavored, and thick or thin. Waxed floss has a waxy coating, while non-waxed floss does not. Unwaxed floss is thinner than waxed floss, but also more prone to breaking or fraying.
- Floss holder: A floss holder is a piece of floss, usually in a Y or U shape, attached to a plastic handheld device. They can be disposable and non-disposable, depending on your personal preferences, and are used by guiding the holder to slide the floss between each tooth.
- Super Floss: Super Floss consists of thin, rigid ends of string that allow you to thread the floss through tight areas or dental appliances. The spongey center is thick and helps remove bacteria and food as you glide the thread.
Choosing the Right Dental Floss
With so many floss options out there, how do you determine which type will provide the best results? For someone with tightly spaced teeth, waxed floss is an ideal option as it can glide easily between close or crowded spaces. Unwaxed floss works just as effectively as its waxed counterpart. However, it may be a better option for people who don’t like the feel of wax or who prefer all-natural dental products.
Floss holders, on the other hand, are popular options for kids and people with limited dexterity. With the floss attached to a handheld device, it is easier to navigate as you clean between teeth.
Super Floss is generally recommended for anyone with dental work — such as a bridge, braces or implants — as it allows you to clean between tight spaces and around dental hardware.
Choosing Floss — Your Dentist Can Help
The right floss for you and your family will depend on your personal needs and preferences. Today’s dental floss is available in a wide variety of flavors and textures, but the function of each is the same. No matter what variety of floss you choose, be sure to use it daily.
If you still have questions about dental floss, talk to your dentist. We can help select the best floss for you and your family. If you need assistance flossing, we can show you how to floss correctly to get the greatest benefit. Contact Schererville Family Dentistry today to learn more!