As you may know, proper flossing is an important part of a good dental health regimen. Flossing gets between your teeth and gums, dislodging food and plaque particles that can be easily missed by toothbrushes.
There are many options for flossing, though – you don’t have to stick with regular string if another method works better for you to get rid of the bacterial buildup that can lead to bad breath, cavities, and gum disease.
You’ll actually find two different types of string floss on the market. One is made of nylon, and consists of multiple filaments entwined together. Nylon is the basic floss you see in stores that comes waxed and unwaxed, as well as in different flavors, like mint and cinnamon.
You’ll also find teflon floss, often called PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) floss. Either type works well to remove food particles and bacteria, though many people prefer PTFE floss because it’s softer, doesn’t shred, and slides more easily through teeth. However, it is more expensive. Traditional waxed nylon floss is a good alternative, as it also moves well through your gums and is less likely to shred than unwaxed.
Floss picks come in different shapes and sizes. Some are basically threaded floss holders that stretch a taut piece of floss between two ends; others are thin and pointed with a brush-like appendage at the end. Floss picks are more convenient than long strings of floss if you’re on the go.
They can make it easier to reach the difficult back teeth, such as molars, and may be easier to use with braces. Flexible ones, disposable ones, metal picks (or stimulators) with disposable rubber tips, and flavored and colored floss picks are available.
Electronic oral irrigators, also called water picks or water flossers, are designed to aim a high-pressure blast of water towards the pockets between gums and teeth to loosen food particles. Water picks are usually electronic, although many are cordless, and often come with a water reservoir. It should be noted that water picks do not get between your teeth – just the water does.
There are many options to help you remove the debris between your teeth and gums when flossing. Regular string floss is sufficient, but people who find it difficult to use floss or to remember to use floss might consider trying out an alternative. Whichever method you use, however, your dentist will recommend flossing every day.
Remember, the longer bacteria remains in your mouth, the more damage your teeth may suffer. Making flossing part of your oral care regimen will keep your smile strong and healthy!Leave a reply →