You may think that the most thing about flossing your teeth is to do it every day. We agree. But trying out a few different types of floss may help you improve, or even get the comfort they desire.
There are various types of dental floss on the market, and you can find them at any grocery store. Have you tried more than one? Here’s a round-up of what’s available:
Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is often made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less costly, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.
Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is frequently referred to as “glide” floss.
Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is useful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.
Dental tape is nylon floss in the shape of a wide, flat ribbon. Many people find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.
For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to meet with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this important habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!
Remember, flossing between your teeth is every bit as important to your dental health as brushing is. It just has a different role. Where brushing removes plaque from the surface of the teeth and along the gum line, flossing gets into the tight spaces between your teeth. It loosens the debris that always gets wedged in, and any plaque building up.
At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we want all our patients to have the best possible dental health. That means brushing and flossing on a regular basis, and seeing us for a checkup every six months. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!
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