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What’s the Right Type of Dental Floss for You?

You know you should floss at least once a day, every day. In fact, you’re probably reminded of it every time you visit the dentist for a regular checkup and cleaning. While it’s easy to find seemingly endless dental floss options in just about any store out there, you should consider taking the time to find the dental floss that’s perfect for your smile’s specific needs. Here’s what you should be looking for, according to your dental concerns and personal preferences.

Worried about bad breath?

There are numerous types of mint-flavored dental flosses and dental floss picks on the market for you to try. They are healthier alternatives to chewing sugary gum or popping a few mints in your mouth. These options are also great for when you’re traveling and you don’t have the space to store or access to mouthwash.

Have braces or other orthodontic work?

An orthodontic floss threader paired with waxed floss can help make flossing easier for those currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. It is much like threading a needle, since you will be able to easily slide the waxy floss between your teeth and above the wire.

Having trouble reaching all of your teeth?

Electric flossers can make getting into all of the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth easier! Whether you’re teaching your child how to floss properly or you’re simply not a fan of putting your hands in your mouth, electric floss is both safe and effective for a range of ages and dental care needs.

Looking for plaque removal?

Research has shown that both electric and standard flosses can help you remove more plaque from between your teeth when paired with regular brushing. Since the bacteria in plaque causes cavities and tooth decay and it can lead to gum disease, it helps to make flossing an integral part of your dental care routine.

No matter what their specific oral health care needs may be, flossing should be a crucial part of everyone’s dental care routine. While you may prefer one type of floss over another, it’s important to make sure the floss you choose has the American Dental Association seal of approval on the packaging. That’s how you know you and your family are getting the best, scientifically proven products to care for your teeth and gums.

If you have any questions about what type of floss you should be using or how to properly floss to get the most out of your routine, give us a call at Sunrise Dental!