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Dental Floss

Without proper oral care, we would not be able to eat, drink, or speak. Daily flossing is an essential part of optimal health. Flossing removes excess food and plaque left between the teeth.

Are you including flossing in your daily routine? We have researched the importance of flossing and the best dental floss to ensure your total oral health.

Flossing Benefits

Do you know that flossing, along with regular brushing, reduces gum disease? Healthy habits and good oral hygiene start at home.

Here are a few tips to keep your mouth healthy.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss your teeth at least once per day
  • Use a mouthwash
  • Visit the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups

Do you have a fear of being in the dentist’s chair? You are not alone. Your dentist is your professional partner for ensuring happy teeth and gums.

Types of Dental Floss

About 200 years ago, Dr. Levi Spear Parmly introduced us to the interdental cleaner known as dental floss.

There are several types of dental floss. Experiment with some to find the one that works best for you. Your dentist is happy to answer any questions and make a recommendation.

  • String floss
  • Floss pick
  • Water pic flosser
  • Floss brush

String floss is what most people are familiar with. Floss picks are small plastic sticks with a piece of floss on the end. Floss brushes have bristles to clean between the teeth.

Water pic flossers are a little more hi-tech. They are little machines that spray water between the teeth. They are commonly used by patients that have difficulty using traditional flossers.

Most dental floss is made from nylon. Some string floss is available with a waxed coating. One is not considered better than the other.

Click here to learn more about the importance of flossing and how flossing can also give you a whiter smile.

How to Floss

You should floss your teeth at least once per day. The time of day is up to you. The following steps are designed to make flossing easy and effective.

  1. Break off an 18-inch piece of dental floss
  2. Guide the floss between each tooth
  3. Follow the curve of each tooth
  4. Rub each tooth up and down with the floss

Flossing movements are gentle. Make sure to reach all teeth, even the ones all the way in the back of the mouth.

Best Dental Floss

The best dental floss is the one you are committed to using. Dentists and dental hygienists all agree that regular flossing, when done properly, keeps their patients and their teeth happier and healthier.

As with most oral hygiene products, look for the ADA seal of acceptance. The seal means the product has met the American Dental Association’s requirements for safety and efficacy.

Smile

When you take care of yourself you will look good, feel good, and smile. Keep those pearly whites happy by finding the best dental floss and using it every day.

We hope you have found this article informative. Read more on related topics that you may find of interest.


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