Insights on the Minor Variations in Dental Floss

Insights on the Minor Variations in Dental Floss

The American Dental Association advocates flossing between your teeth and along the gum line, immediately after brushing your teeth, twice each day. This is by far the most effective way to remove residual food particles and plaque from areas that are critical to maintaining good oral health.

While there might be some minor differences in composition, such as nylon or monofilament as well as an array of added flavors, there are basically two different types of floss.

Unwaxed dental floss is essentially a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. While some manufactures 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 also 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 the gum line. It really does come down to a matter of personal preference.

If you have questions about dental floss or how to improve your flossing technique, you can always call Dr. Kenneth Pollary’s office in Colorado Springs, Colorado at 719-591-0750 to set up a consultation time.


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