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The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing each evening to remove food residue and plaque buildup from your mouth. This is an important first step in maintaining good oral hygiene for the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing is especially important as a toothbrush alone simply can’t clean the spaces between teeth and along the gumline.

As simple as it might seem, there are actually a few different variations of dental floss worth noting.

Many brands of dental floss are made from either extruded monofilament plastic or micro-braided nylon strands. Monofilament floss is available in varying thicknesses. This can be beneficial for someone with widely spaced or tightly spaced teeth. On the other end of the spectrum, nylon floss can be micro-braided into various widths like dental tape.

Unwaxed dental floss is a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not had a waxy coating applied. While some manufacturers will apply added flavors to unwaxed nylon floss, most opt to offer it plain.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. This helps the strand slip into tight places, making it preferable for people with tight-fitting teeth or braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives such as mint.

Clinically speaking, both types of floss are equally effective at removing residual food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gumline. At the end of the day, it truly is a matter of personal preference.

If you live in the Anaheim Hills, California, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 714-974-0949 to set up an appointment with Dr. Randy Cockrell at Randy Cockrell, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.