Flossing isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Although flossing is a crucial part of oral hygiene, floss can sometimes get stuck in between your teeth. This can be painful and difficult to remove. It can also be exasperating to have the floss suddenly break or snap while flossing as well. Because of these, many people do not like flossing and neglect to practice this important oral hygiene habit.
Choosing the right type of floss can help you have an easier time flossing. But dental flosses come in different types, size, and materials.
Dr. Farhat shares the most widely used types of dental floss:
This is the most popular and commonly used type of dental floss. This fabric floss is made of silk or nylon that consists of many thin strands wound together. Also, this type of floss comes in waxed or un-waxed varieties.
Additionally, the waxed variety makes it easier for you to slide or glide the floss between your teeth. However, both waxed and un-waxed types are effective in removing debris from your teeth if used properly.
Multifilament floss is typically recommended for people who have gaps between their teeth that are not too tight.
Dental tape or puffy floss
Dental tape is a wider type of floss. It is a flat nylon ribbon which people with severe gum disease or large spaces between their teeth can safely use for flossing. Most people find dental tape easier to use because of its flat shape.
Monofilament floss is a newer type of floss which is made of rubber, plastic or polytetrafluoroethylene. This type of floss is un-waxed and is stronger than multifilament floss. Therefore, it will hold out when it is being pulled between tight teeth.
This type of floss is highly recommended for people who have small spaces between their teeth and those who always seem to have difficulties using multifilament floss without breaking it.
A floss or flosser pick is a cross between a toothpick and dental floss. It has a pointed plastic pick on one end and a length of floss between two plastic prongs on the other.
Flossers are useful for kids and adults with limited dexterity or small mouths. In addition, they often have difficulties fitting their fingers in their mouth or maneuvering regular floss between their teeth.
This type of multifilament floss has stiff ends which can be used to thread the floss between braces or other dental appliances.
According to Dental One Care, the best type of floss to choose will depend on your personal preference. If you find using dental tape easier, use this type of floss. You can also start teaching your child how to use a floss pick so that even at an early age, your little one will know the importance of flossing.
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