13 Jul What to Know About the Different Types of Floss
Flossing is an essential part of your daily oral health routine. It’s also a task that many dentists wish their patients would do more often. Ideally, you should floss once daily. However, many people find flossing to be a big chore because it’s time-consuming, sometimes uncomfortable, and maybe even painful. Fortunately, flossing does become easier and more comfortable the more you do it—your teeth and your gums will thank you for keeping up with the habit. To make yourself more likely to floss, continue reading for a look at the different types of floss out there, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Multifilament floss is made up of multiple strands of nylon or silk fabric. It’s the most prevalent option on drug store shelves, but some do find it uncomfortable due to its thickness—it also is more likely to shred during use. Waxed multifilament floss can help smooth the process without impairing the function of the floss itself.
Many people have made the switch to monofilament floss, which is made from rubber, plastic, or PTFE. This type of floss is stronger and more durable, thus less likely to tear. It’s also usually sold in a dental tape style that’s easier to slide between the teeth. If you have tight spaces between your teeth or struggle with shredding and discomfort while flossing, monofilament floss may be better for your needs.
Floss picks contain either multifilament or monofilament floss. They are designed with a short length of floss in a plastic handle, which is easier for some to navigate between the teeth, especially in the back molars. However, the pick will need to be frequently rinsed while using, as you won’t have a long length of floss to work with.
Water flossers like the WaterPik have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, but it is important to note that these are not a substitute for dental floss. They can help boost your cleaning routine but should still be used alongside floss to ensure that the tightest spots between the teeth are regularly cleaned.
When you book an appointment with John R. Carson, DDS, Dr. Carson and his team will work with you to get your daily cleaning routine on track so that you can keep your teeth healthy between professional cleanings. Call us today at (520) 514-7203 to schedule your visit.