6 Types of Dental Floss
If you thought there’s only one type of dental floss, you’re in for a surprise.
What are the different types of dental floss?
Waxed Dental Floss
Waxed floss has a light wax coating, less likely to break. The wax could possibly make it a bit tougher to reach tight spots though.
Unwaxed Dental Floss
Unwaxed floss is a thin nylon floss made up of about 35 strands twisted together. It fits into tight spaces better than waxed floss, but it also has a greater chance of breaking or shredding.
Polytetrafluorethylene Dental Floss
Sounds pretty high-tech, doesn’t it? Polytetrafluorethylene floss is made of the same material found in Gore-Tex fabric. It easily slides between teeth and is less likely to tear or shred.
Dental tape, like tape, is more flat and broad in shape. It comes waxed or unwaxed. People often find it more comfortable than regular floss.
Super Dental Flosses
Super flosses are made from yarn-like material. It has a stiffer section on each end that can be beneficial for those with braces and bridges.
Flavored Dental Floss
You may be able to find all of the above types of floss in flavored versions. The most common flavor would be mint, which also freshens breath. Kids may especially take a lot more interest in flavored floss. Whatever works, right?
Flavored floss is also perfect to take to school or work to freshen up after lunch and coffee breaks, when most people don’t brush.
Questions about dental floss? Ask your dentist at your next scheduled checkup and cleaning. If you’re located in Surrey, come see us at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry! Book your appointment today: 604-593-8201.
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