You may think the most crucial aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. And the team at Harris Dental in Phoenix agrees. 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 consider some of the most common types of dental floss.
Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is ordinarily made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less expensive, 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 beneficial 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 made as a wide, flat ribbon. Many Harris Dental patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.
For those of you with braces or appliances, there are flosses designed for those. Make sure to tell 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 advice about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at Harris Dental, our expert hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.
At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we encourage all of our patients to make flossing a part of their dental hygiene regimen. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.
“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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