Of all the ways to brighten your smile dental flossing is one of the easiest ways to keep your teeth healthy and strong and your gums happy too. So which flossing style is right for your busy lifestyle?
Types of dental flossing
If you are at home wielding disposable strips of string floss with your hand then there are multiple choices out there in the dental aisle of your local supermarket or drugstore. It is a good idea to look for products that are labeled with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, as they have been tested for safety and effectiveness.
Multifilament nylon floss comes with or without a waxy coating, and can be scented or unscented, so you can smell like a peppermint stick while you clean in between those pearly whites! While it is inexpensive, it is prone to shredding between tight spaces.
A monofilament floss (or PTFE) is a single filament and is stronger than multifilament floss due to its thickness. It is easy to slide in between your teeth to clean out cavity-causing debris.
Dental picks can be helpful as they are already threaded and ready to go. Then there are tiny bristled brush flossers and wooden plaque removers that are handy for scrubbing away dental bacteria.
Water flossers are slightly more involved in terms of price and time maintaining the appliance. But this handheld tool is multifunctional, as it removes particles and washes them away at the same time by spraying a watery stream in steady pulses. If you have braces, fixed bridges, or have trouble flossing by hand, water flossers may be your best bet.
These are just a few ideas to help you make your daily teeth cleaning routine efficient and fun! Please call our dental office if you have any questions about finding the right dental flosser for you 503.877.1844.