Does It Matter Which Type of Floss You Use?



Posted on 4/25/2020 by Thomas Wold, DMD
Does It Matter Which Type of Floss You Use? Does the type of floss you use matter? Yes, and we suggest you choose the floss that helps you get the job done best for you. What matters most, is creating the daily habit of flossing. You can have a drawer full of dental floss, but it won't help until it becomes part of your daily, dental care routine.

Navigating the Sea Of Dental Floss

You have decided you want to floss daily – that's great! You head to the dental hygiene aisle in the store, and consider giving up, due to the overwhelming amount of choices. You have probably noticed terms such as, waxed, unwaxed, floss pick, water pick, or dental tape. It can be a bit overwhelming. We suggest you keep it simple and try a couple of different types if you are unsure, then choose the floss that is comfortably going between your teeth and allowing you to create a daily flossing habit.

Things to Consider

We suggest you take into account things like a permanent retainer, widely spaced teeth, or crowded teeth. Considering what kind of spaces your floss needs to get between, is a great place to start. How much time you are willing to spend on flossing, must also be considered. For example, would you rather keep a water pick set up, or just tear some waxed floss off each day? If you are unsure, please call our office with your questions about flossing, or to schedule an appointment. Simply put, your toothbrush cannot reach every crevice of your beautiful smile. Those areas not being reached, are filled with bacteria and plaque, the two things that can cause bad breath, gingivitis, and cavities. That is where floss comes in. You only have one set of teeth, and with the small, extra step of flossing, you will be adding an excellent step in taking care of them. If you are still unsure, or uncomfortable choosing dental floss on your own, please call our office and we will be happy to answer all of your dental questions, and help you choose the best floss for you. It's never too late to start a new habit. Your teeth will thank you!