Lynn Dental Care Explains Floss Options
Flossing is one of the most important — and oft-neglected — parts of your at-home dental hygiene routine. After you brush, you should always floss. Lynn Dental Care recommends flossing twice a day, once at the very least. But, out of all the available flosses at the store, which one should you choose? The number of options may be overwhelming, but the choice doesn’t have to be difficult. Today the Lynn Dental Care blog breaks down the different types of floss.
Nylon floss is one of the most common types of floss available. You can buy it in a variety of flavors, thickness, and you can choose between waxed and unwaxed. The differences in these are negligible, so at Lynn Dental Care we recommend just getting whichever kind is the easiest and most comfortable to use. Generally, if you have more space between your teeth, you can use a thicker floss. If your teeth are close together, a thinner floss might feel better.
Wax helps the floss to better glide between your teeth. It is also generally a bit tougher than unwaxed floss. The only con is that is sometimes gets caught in tighter spaces.
Unwaxed floss is easy to fit into those tight spaces, but it’s also not as strong. It’s more likely to break or fray than waxed floss. Remember, it doesn’t really. Waxed or unwaxed floss won’t affect your ability to remove plaque. It really just comes down to personal preference.
Monofilament floss is newer — and therefore a bit more expensive — than nylon floss. It also comes in a variety of flavors and thickness, but there’s no waxed or unwaxed version. Monofilament floss isn’t made out of fabric, so it’s usually stronger than nylon and silk flosses. The benefit to monofilament floss is the fact that it’s a bit easier to use and it also doesn’t break and fray. The biggest downside is the extra cost.
Electric flossers help to do some of the work for you. This type of flosser can sometimes do a better job than regular floss, as long as you’re thorough. This is an especially useful device for older users who may not be as nimble with their fingers, due to old age or issues such as arthritis. Of course, younger users can use it too if they prefer it to the manual method.
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Whatever floss you choose, just make sure it’s approved by the ADA, and that you actually use it! Next time you have an appointment with Lynn Dental Care, you can ask us for some floss to take home. We offer general dentistry, orthodontics, and more. Remember, you should get regular cleanings to keep your oral health at the optimum level. Contact Lynn Dental Care today to schedule an appointment, or continue browsing the website for more information.