Flossing is vital, and choosing the right product for you guarantees it will be done daily. This hygienic process should be done correctly to avoid plaque building and causing tooth decay and gum disease.
If you cannot adapt to traditional flossing, there are many types of dental floss to choose from. Some people even like to have more than one type of dental floss on hand for different scenarios as well.
Here are some examples of the most common types:
- Unwaxed floss: The most popular kinds of floss used. It is made up of multiple nylon strands twisted together and is free from chemicals.
- Unwaxed floss: Suitable for small gaps in between teeth. It is much thinner than the other kinds of floss. On the other hand, it is more prone to shred and break than various kinds of dental floss.
- Waxed floss: Constructed similarly to unwaxed floss except for adding a waxed layer. The waxed coating protects and strengthens the floss to prevent shredding and to break by the user. The downside is that it can be harder for an average user to grip.
- Dental tape: This has a flatter form and is much thicker than other flosses. It is suitable for people with bigger gaps. It can be found in waxed and unwaxed versions but can be challenging to use between crowded teeth.
- Super floss: Customized for people with bridges, braces, and wide teeth gaps. It is a regular and spongy floss. It has a stiff end threader that helps to manoeuvre the floss under bridges for better cleaning. Super floss is not suitable for people with small gaps.
- Polytetrafluorethylene floss (PTFE): This floss is made of Gore-Tex fabric. This floss is extraordinarily strong and does not shred with use. It slides easily into small gaps between the crowded teeth due to its smooth texture.
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About the Author: MSci Maísa Melo is a Pharmacist and a current PhD student in cosmetic technology, from São Paulo, Brazil. She has earned her master’s degree from the University of São Paulo and has been involved with the development, stability, safety and efficacy of cosmetics since 2013. She has specialized in the clinical efficacy of cosmetics by biophysical and skin imaging techniques as well as the use of alternative models to animal testing. Her research work has been published in several scientific journals and book chapters from the field.