A product as basic as dental floss is critical for our routine dental care. Floss should be used on a daily basis and, therefore, choosing the right one is very important.
Several types of dental floss are available on the market. Each one has the same purpose but has different pros and cons.
In this blog, our team at John H. Ko, DDS in Pleasanton, California, shares information that you should consider when choosing a dental floss.
Just like toothbrushes, there are different types of floss available, such as:
Unwaxed floss is thin nylon floss in which about 35 strands are twisted together to form a single strand. It easily fits into those tight spaces between the teeth but is more prone to breakage and, thus, hurting your gums.
Waxed floss has an additional light wax coating, which makes it less likely to break. However, the wax coating doesn't ensure the proper cleaning of confined spots.
Dental tape is broader and flatter than standard floss. It is often used by people with larger spaces between their teeth. Dental tape is more comfortable to use and comes in both waxed and unwaxed options.
In this type of floss, the nylon is replaced with PTFE material that easily slides between the teeth.
Super flosses are made from yarn-like fiber and can be used to clean restorative braces or dental bridges.
Flavors are added to floss for extra freshness in your breath. Kids like them more, which helps them stick to daily flossing. Additionally, adults can use them during the day for a burst of freshness after a meal.
Conventional flossing options are associated with the following issues:
To learn more about the different types of floss, call (925) 847-8790 or visit Dr. John H. Ko, DDS, at 5720 Stoneridge Mall Rd #200, Pleasanton, CA 94588.