When it comes to floss, did you know you have options? Once you realize this, the choices can seem overwhelming. We all have different spacing between our teeth, and different gum sensitivities. The type of floss you should choose is one that goes easily between your teeth, does its job, and doesn’t feel uncomfortable.
Here are a few flossing options to keep in mind when you are getting a dental floss.
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Unwaxed floss is thin nylon floss. It fits into tight spaces if your teeth are close together, but it can be prone to shredding or breaking.
Waxed floss is a standard nylon floss with a light wax coating. It is less likely to break, but the wax coating may make it harder to use in tight spots.
Dental tape is broader and flatter than standard floss and comes in waxed or unwaxed versions. People with more space between their teeth often find dental tape more comfortable to use than standard floss.
The material of Polytetrafluoroethylene floss slides between the teeth easily and is less likely to shred compared to standard floss.
Super flosses are made from yarn-like material that has stiffer sections on each end that can be used to clean around braces or dental bridges.
Expanding dental floss is designed to remove plaque from the hard-to-reach areas between teeth which have larger gaps, while also cleaning effectively in more regular spaces. In use, the floss expands forming a larger diameter string that contacts more surface area around the gaps.
Dental flossers come in a fork-shaped handle to allow people with arthritis or limited grasp to floss their teeth easily and effectively. Nonetheless it’s not as effective as the thread.
For more information and advice on flossing and which floss to choose, visit your Bellevue, WA dentist or contact Cascadia Dental Specialists today to make an appointment for your regular exams and cleaning.