You probably believe that the crucial 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 explore some of the most common types of dental floss.
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 often 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 layout of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry 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 important habit just because you’re having your teeth aligned!
A good person to give you advice about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, our skilled 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. Steven Gustafson. My practice, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, has been serving the Royal Oak area since 1984. Our top services include: dentures, cosmetic dentistry, and general dentistry.
Call us today at 248-541-8770 for your appointment! You can also visit us on the web at http://gmdentistry.com.
“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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