Flossing is an essential step in our daily lives. However, did you know you may be using the wrong type of floss? Our dentist, Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. with Johnson Dentistry in Bryan, Texas, is happy to talk to you about the importance of flossing and discuss the differences in dental floss, so you know the right one to get for you.
Flossing one of the two essential elements to keeping positive oral health, which goes hand-in-hand with brushing. Without flossing each day, you are putting your oral health at risk of severe problems over time. The good news is, there are three main types of dental floss that can be used for your specific needs.
Waxed floss is a traditional string-like dental floss that is waxed slick and easy to use between teeth. This type of floss is idyllic for those who have misaligned teeth or teeth that are too close together and hard to floss correctly. The smooth wax makes the floss slide between your teeth dramatically easier.
Unwaxed floss is a traditional form dental string as well and more commonly used. In most cases, it is ideal for those who have aligned teeth and don’t need the extra slickness to try and wedge between crooked teeth. This floss works great to keep your teeth in healthy shape.
Water flossers is a newer type of equipment that uses a jet of water pressure to spray your teeth, cleaning them in the process. It is ideal for those who struggle with traditional floss and coordination due to conditions like arthritis. Water flossers are also very gentle on the gums and becoming increasingly popular, even among children.
Remember that no matter what type of floss you choose, the remember is to keep flossing every day because any kind of dental floss is better than no dental floss at all.