Various Types of Dental Floss


By now we all know that you’re supposed to be using dental floss on a regular basis. Flossing helps remove debris left behind by food, and helps clear out some of the plaque your toothbrush may miss when brushing. The bottom line is that Dr. Glaser recommends you floss on a daily basis in order to maintain your oral health.

There are different types of dental floss though, so you’ve probably found yourself wondering which one is best. The short answer is that there really isn’t one type of dental floss that’s drastically better than the other: the effectiveness of the floss is determined by whether or not you actually use it. The ADA agrees. However, there are differences in terms of which type of dental floss may be most comfortable for you or which has the most appealing flavor. Let’s review the different types of floss available.

Dental floss can be divided into two categories: multifilament and monofilament. Multifilament floss is the traditional type, and is usually made of nylon or silk. Nylon is the cheapest type, and is the most generic. It’s available in various flavors, such as mint, cinnamon or bubble gum, and various thicknesses.

Monofilament is a newer type of floss, and is usually made of rubber or a sort of plastic. Many users say that it slides between the teeth more easily than traditional nylon floss, and it’s also stronger. Like multifilament floss, monofilament floss comes in multiple flavors and thicknesses.

Now you’ve probably been at the store and seen both waxed and un-waxed floss. So what’s the difference? Well, waxed and un-waxed only refers to nylon floss. Many feel that waxed floss slides in-between the teeth easier and makes for a more comfortable flossing experience. It comes down to a matter of personal preference really, so give both a try and see which one feels better for you.

Finally, there’s dental tape. Dental tape is a wide ribbon of nylon, available in waxed or un-waxed, and essentially does the same thing as dental floss. It’s thinner than traditional floss, and some find it easier to use.

So now you know the difference between the various types of flosses. No one floss is superior to the other, and the most important thing is that you actually use whatever type you buy. It doesn’t hurt to try a couple different types, either, in order to find the one that works best for you. And if you have any questions, feel free to contact Glaser Orthodontics at their Cortlandt Manor office today!

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