You probably think the most important thing about flossing is to do it every day, and at Falls Pointe Dental in Raleigh NC, we agree. But 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 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 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 in the form of a wide, flat ribbon. Many people find that dental tape is the easiest to get between their teeth.
For those of you with braces or appliances, there are flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to talk to your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this critical habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!
A good person to give you counsel about flossing is your dental hygienist. Here at Falls Pointe Dental, our hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing and brushing habits.
My name is Doctor Falls Pointe Dental Dentist. My practice, Falls Pointe Dental, has been serving the Raleigh area since 2018. Our top services include: emergency dentistry, family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.