You know that you should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. However, when it comes to flossing, what is the best floss to use? Do you know the different types of floss and which one is best for you? Here, Soundview Family Dental will help you better understand the different floss types and some of the best floss currently on the market.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Floss?
When most people think of dental floss, they think of a thin, white string-like substance. You may know that this string can come waxed or unwaxed. However, that is only the beginning when it comes to different types of dental floss.
Standard floss is thin nylon fibers twisted together. This design makes it easy to fit between the tight spots between your teeth. The downside to standard floss is it is prone to shredding and breaking. Standard floss comes in waxed or unwaxed. While the light wax coating on standard floss helps to reduce the breaking, it can also make it more difficult to get into tight spaces.
Dental tape is flat and broader than standard floss and comes in waxed or unwaxed. Because of its shape, people with larger gaps between their teeth are often more comfortable using them.
Super flosses are a type of floss designed to help those with braces or dental bridges. It is made from a yarn-like material and therefore has stiff sections on the ends that help get in between braces’ brackets.
Others Floss Options
- Electric Flossers/water flossers – For those that have a hard time working with traditional flosses, such as those with arthritis, electric flossers provide an alternative. Electric flossers use pressurized air or water to clean between the teeth and stimulate the gum line.
- Disposable Floss Picks – Disposable dental flossers are an excellent alternative for those unable to work with traditional floss, including children. These picks contain threaded floss that you can easily work around your teeth in a similar manner to traditional floss.
What Are the Best Dental Floss Brands on the Market?
When you walk up the dental aisle of your favorite store, chances are you may become overwhelmed by the choices of dental floss on the shelves. While it is important to find a dental floss that you are comfortable using, these top brands are worth considering.
Cocofloss is a standard floss made with over 500 textured filaments and interwoven fibers designed to maximize strength and minimize shredding, while still being thin enough to compress in between even the smallest spaces. The unique design helps to scrub away plaque and improve your overall dental care. Also, Cocofloss offers a wide variety of flavors, including mint, coconut, strawberry, and orange. And in the summer, you can even choose watermelon flavor.
Listerine is a major brand for high-quality dental products, including dental floss. Listerine’s floss options include standard cool mint floss, whitening dental floss, textured dental floss and disposable flossers with ergonomic handles.
Oral-B Glide is a standard waxed floss with a fresh minty taste that offers a smooth texture that slides easily between teeth to help remove plaque and food particles. The addition of natural wax helps to give it a stronghold while still offering an easy glide between teeth.
Oral-B also offers a great superfloss for those with braces, bridges, and wide gaps between teeth. These pre-measured strands offer a stiff floss threader on one end, a spongy floss, and a standard floss on one strand. This enables you to floss under appliances, such as brackets, as well as in between teeth and around the gumline.
Plackers Dental Floss Picks
Plackers disposable dental floss picks are great options for children and adults. They offer a wide variety of different picks that target different needs. For example, Plackers Kids Dual Gripz picks are designed to fit little hands and make flossing easier for children. Plackers Orthopick flossers work great for those with braces, allowing you to remove plaque and food particles without damaging your brackets and wires.
GUM EEZ-Thru Floss Threaders
GUM EEZ-Thru Floss Threaders are another great option for those with braces, dental bridges, and dental implants. These threaders help you thread dental floss under, around and between your dental appliances.
Reach Dentotape Waxed Dental Floss
Reach Dentotape is an unflavored waxed floss designed to be more effective and comfortable for users with wider spaces between their teeth.
With so many different floss options available, it becomes a matter of personal preference. Experiment with different floss types and find the one that works best for your needs. If you have questions or would like some guidance on the best floss for you, contact us at Soundview Family Dental and we will be happy to help you find the perfect floss for you. Because flossing is such an important part of good oral hygiene, we want to make sure you are comfortable with your choice of floss and that you make flossing a regular part of your oral care routine.