Flossing uses a waxed string to scrape the
areas between your teeth. Brushing doesn't
reach this area, and plaque, which begins
as a sticky substance, hardens overtime and
can lead to cavities.
When choosing floss, you have
- waxed and unwaxed coating of the string.
The wax may make it easier to slide the string
if your teeth are pressed tightly together
- the string. Floss can be thin and round like
a thread (single or multiple strands) to
flat like a miniature ribbon. The ribbon
(wide) floss may be easier to hold and less
likely to get caught on bridgework. Strength
is the key, so choose the style that works
best for you.
- flavored and unflavored. No medical difference,
but if the taste encourages you to floss
regularly, then choose it.
If you have difficulty holding the floss,
you can use a floss holder. These inexpensive
tools enable you to floss with a single hand.