You probably believe the most important thing about flossing is to do it every day. At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario, we agree.
But there are lots of different types of dental floss out there. Why not find out which one works best for you? Many people find that trying out different kinds of floss helps them establish or solidify the habit, and get the flossing comfort they desire.
Let’s discuss some of the most common types of dental floss.
Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is typically made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less pricey, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.
Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is frequently referred to as “glide” floss.
Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is beneficial to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.
Dental tape is nylon floss in the form of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.
For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to meet with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this essential habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!
Feel free to ask one of the hygienists at Cornwall Dental Arts about dental floss. They can answer any questions you have about flossing and brushing habits.
At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario, we want all our patients to brush and floss, and have outstanding dental health. Our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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