A large portion of the population fails to recognize the importance of flossing. With the inventions of other adjuncts/alternatives such as water flossers, dental picks, and interdental brushes, some have started to think basic flossing can be crossed out in their daily routines. Let’s first start by going over the basic types of flosses that are available in the market:
Unwaxed floss: a thin nylon made of twisted strands. Although is great in tight spaces, it can break or shred due to its architecture.
Waxed Floss: the more typical floss sold in markets. Light wax coating added and doesn’t break easily.
Dental tape: a wider version of floss that again can be waxed or unwaxed.
Super flosses: stiffer material that can be used for more aggressive needs such as braces or fixed prosthesis.
Polytetrafluorethylene floss: strong material that slides easily and doesn’t break easily either.
We advise you floss daily to prevent food debris and plaque buildup. This prevents two things, cavities and gum disease. The food that gets trapped between your teeth can harbor bacteria. The bacteria is what leads to gum disease and cavities. That’s why it’s important to remove the plaque and food from between the teeth to keep the bacteria levels low. Furthermore, keep in mind the US Department of Health maintains that flossing is an important oral hygiene habit. Kids may not be able to do a great job until age 10 to 11 so they may require your help in helping them maintain healthy teeth. Daily flossing can be done at any time of the day just as long as you do it.
Feel free to talk to the doctor and staff and ask for floss samples and ask any questions you may have.
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