You probably believe the most important thing about flossing is to do it every day. Guess what? We agree! However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire. And the team at Choose Your Smile dentistry in Kelowna agrees with that, too.
Let’s discuss some of the most common types of dental floss.
- Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is frequently made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less pricey, 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 generally 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 in the shape of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Choose Your Smile 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 ask about flossing. You don’t want to break this important habit just because you’re having your teeth aligned!
At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we encourage regular brushing and flossing, as well as six-month dental checkups. Our services include general dentistry and cosmetic treatment. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.
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