Types of Floss

Dental floss may seem like an easy thing to decide on, but there are actually several types of it. G.W. Schamback, the owner of Perfect Smile Dental in Stuart, Florida, is a veteran of tooth care, with over 30 years of dental experience under his belt. Here, he explains the differences between the types of floss available, as well as discusses a few alternatives for dental floss.

You need to floss your teeth. It is arguably even more important for your dental health and hygiene than regularly brushing them. But how do you choose between all the types of dental floss and other flossing materials available on the market? Here, I can provide some tips.

Dental floss comes in a variety of materials, colors, and even flavors. The waxed variety is more slippery, allowing people with extremely tight spaces between their teeth to floss more easily. This type of dental floss does, however, tend to fray more than unwaxed floss. Popular flavors of dental floss include wintergreen and cinnamon.

A type of dental floss called wide floss can be effective for people who have large spaces between their teeth, or for those who have had delicate dental bridge work performed.

Dental floss can be purchased in small, self-dispensing boxes. It can also be purchased in special, single-use holders, which are useful for people who have a hard time wrapping floss around their fingers – including those with dexterity problems and arthritis.

Here at Perfect Smile Dental, we use Crest Glide Floss, which tends to be one of the most comfortable types of dental floss.

There are also numerous alternatives to dental floss, such as Rota-Dent toothbrushes, flossers, and water picks. The Rota-Dent toothbrush has a micro brush that gets in between the teeth, which helps if you’re bad at using a flosser. A flosser is a handle that holds dental floss which can help those who are handicapped or have another medical problem which prevents them from manipulating dental floss correctly. A water pick does not remove plaque, but it does blast away food particles and other debris in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth by using tiny, powerful bursts of water.


*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.

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