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Different Kinds of Floss

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Dental flossing is just as important as brushing one’s teeth. Many people take this for granted thinking that brushing their teeth is enough. They are not aware that brushing alone only gets the job half done. There are many places that a toothbrush cannot clean such as the in between your teeth. The toothbrush’ bristle could only reach certain areas but not only and this is why all dentists recommend that we floss even after we have brushed after every meal.

These days with so many companies making dental floss and they all advertise that their product is the best of all, people get confused as what to buy. What are the kinds of dental floss? There are two kinds of floss actually. That would be the multifilament floss and the monofilament floss. The most common that you can find in supermarkets or stores is the multifilament floss. This is normally made of nylon or silk floss. The monofilament floss is usually made of a type of rubber, plastic or perhaps polytetrafluoroethylene. This type of floss costs more than the multifilament because it does not tear easily and much easier to use.

Both types of floss come in so many flavors like mint, bubblegum, etc. You name it and they have most of it. Also, these two types of floss also come in different thicknesses. We have to keep in mind that although most of us think we are created equal and the same think again. We are not. With regards to teeth spacing, some of us have small spaces in between teeth and some of us have teeth that are just spaced farther apart compared to others. So, the thickness will have to depend on your teeth’s spacing. The multifilament floss also comes in waxed or un-waxed kind. However, there is no clinical finding that one is better than the other.

So, with all of these to choose from, which one should you buy? Buy whatever floss that you are going to actually use. Flossing is like brushing one’s teeth. You need to be comfortable with the kind of toothbrush that you use. You cannot use floss that you are not comfortable with, so try the different kinds and buy the kind that you will use.

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