Different Types of Dental Floss
Did you know that ONLY 40% of Americans floss once a day and 20% never floss Regardless, everyone has heard it at least once before: Floss everyday! The reason is because even though you could be brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes, your toothbrush won’t reach some hard to reach places and if you don’t floss then plaque builds up! Ask your Houston dentist or orthodontist the risks of not flossing and you WILL floss daily! Just like there’s different types of toothbrushes there are also different types of floss that’s available! You might just pick up whatever floss there is available but maybe after reading this post you’ll realize all the possibilities!
Regular Dental Floss
The most common type of floss you’ll see everywhere is the type where it’s rolled up and in a little plastic container! Here are a few of the most popular kinds of floss:
- Wax: This floss has a coating which makes it easier to use because it can get in between teeth easier than unwaxed floss. Since it’s a bit thicker than unwaxed floss this might be better so it doesn’t break easily.
- Unwaxed: There is no coating on unwaxed floss, this is also means that it’s thinner and won’t have any flavoring. This might be useful for pregnant women because some pregnant women get nausea from the flavored floss.
- Flavored: Not only does flavored floss does its job but can encourage people to try a new floss flavor! There’s all sorts of floss flavors like cupcake!
- Expanding: Expanding floss expands as it comes in contact with moisture (saliva), which can produce better results and effective flossing.
Maybe the work involved with regular dental floss annoys you, after all with floss pics you can floss your teeth with one hand! However, it should be noted that a floss pick won’t be as effective as regular floss. The reason being that a floss pick won’t be able be able to make a full C around your tooth, as regular floss would.
Another type of flossing device is called oral irrigator but it’s also known as dental water jet, which uses a stream of pulsating water to remove plaque and food debris from the teeth. This type of flossing can be good for those whose dental hygiene is less than ideal. Oral irrigation has also shown reduction of bleeding and gingivitis level.
Whichever type of flossing you prefer, any of them are better than not flossing at all! Good oral health comes from several factors, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is part of it.