What Are the Different Types of Floss?

What Are the Different Types of Floss?

Posted by Dr. Shirley Zao on Feb 15 2022, 06:06 AM

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 dental team in Pleasanton, California, shares information that you should consider when choosing a dental floss.

Floss Comes in Different Types and Flavors

Just like toothbrushes, there are different types of floss available, such as:

  • Waxed or Unwaxed

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

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.

  • Polytetrafluorethylene Floss 

In this type of floss, the nylon is replaced with PTFE material that easily slides between the teeth.

  • Super Flosses

Super flosses are made from yarn-like fiber and can be used to clean restorative braces or dental bridges.

  • Flavored Floss

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.

Problems With Conventional Flossing Options

Conventional flossing options are associated with the following issues:

  • Kids who are still learning how to use floss might harm their gums.
  • People with arthritis may not be able to use them properly due to limited mobility of fingers.
  • People with gag reflex find it more difficult to floss.
  • Disposable flossers are available for those who can't keep their floss handlers clean. You can also opt for electric flossers with ergonomic handles and angled heads to clean difficult areas. 

To learn more about the different types of floss, call (925) 847-8790 or visit us at 5720 Stoneridge Mall Rd #200, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

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