If you are going to use floss, it usually is better to choose waxed, as the floss is smoother and is easier to use interdentally. Here are some of the benefits of turning to waxed floss with your teeth.
Why Waxed Floss Is a Better Choice for Most People
Flossing is vital to the care of your teeth and gums. So is the type of floss you choose. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), flossing is an instrumental weapon against plaque. That is because the dental string removes the debris and plaque that gets stuck between the teeth. It also polishes tooth surfaces and controls halitosis or bad breath. You can choose unwaxed or waxed floss, flavored or unflavored floss, or a wide or regular size. A waxed floss is easier to slide between the teeth and will not shed like regular floss. It also is usually flavored with mint or cinnamon, so it can be quite pleasant to use.
How to Choose a Floss
The type of floss you choose will depend on your personal preference and what we recommend in a floss. Never use a water flossing appliance in place of regular flossing. While a water flosser will remove food and improve gum health, it will not remove plaque. Therefore, a water flosser should be used as an adjunct to flossing, not as a substitute.
How to Use Floss Properly
To use floss, break off around 18 inches of the string, and wind most of it around one of the middle fingers. Wind the remainder around the same finger on your other hand, This finger will take up the floss that becomes used. Hold the floss tightly between your 2 hands. Leave about an inch of floss for use between the teeth. When the floss reaches your gum line, curve it into a “C' against your tooth. Gently slide the string into the space between the tooth and gum until you feel a bit of resistance. Gently scrape the tooth's side before moving the floss away from the gum.
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