Different Types of Dental Floss

Did you know that there are different kinds of floss for your teeth? In a prior post, we discussed the proper way to floss. Now let’s talk about the different types of floss and how they match up to different types of teeth.
Dental floss can be made from bundles of nylon or in ribbon formed from polyethylene, also known as Teflon®. The nylon floss comes in fine and extra fine, and there is also normal or regular size. Most people automatically pick the regular size when shopping, but that might not be the size they really need.
Normally-spaced teeth and teeth that are set apart, with a space between them, will work better with fine or regular types of nylon floss. This floss also comes in mint or plain as well as waxed and un-waxed. If your teeth are very close together it might be wise to use the waxed version because it will make it much easier to get the floss where it needs to go. Please note however, sometimes the wax can leave a slight residue in the cracks of your teeth so you will need to brush thoroughly after flossing to make sure and remove whatever has been left.
Very close-set teeth may require the ribbon type of floss. This is like taking a very fine piece of paper and easing it between your teeth in order to properly floss them. The ribbon is available in flavored and unflavored, too. The most popular flavors right now are mint and cinnamon. It’s kind of like using a mouthwash at the same time you are flossing.
Regardless of which type of floss you pick, please talk to us first. We would be happy to assist you in determining the correct type for your teeth. If you have any questions about flossing or the types of floss to use, contact one of the trained cosmetic dentists at Bedford Dental Group for answers.

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