You probably believe that the paramount aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. We agree. However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish or solidify the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire.
Let’s discuss some of the most common types of dental floss.
Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is usually 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 usually referred to as “glide” floss.
Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is helpful 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 layout of a wide, flat ribbon. Many William J. Stewart Jr. DDS patients 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 speak with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this essential habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!
A good person to give you counsel about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, our proficient hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth bleaching and veneers.
My name is Dr. William Stewart. My practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, has been serving the San Antonio area since 1981. Our top services include: root canals, sedation dentistry, and clear braces.
Call us today at 210-428-6535 for your appointment! You can also visit us on the web at http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/.
The following blog post was used as source material for this blog:
“The Different Types of Dental Floss”, Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/dental-floss_b_1643933.html, accessed on September 17, 2013
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