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3 Primary Tools You Can Use to Floss Your Teeth

It is important to floss your teeth every day. And there is a variety of different types of floss and flossing tools you can use to help you achieve this daily dental hygiene task, including regular floss, floss picks, and oral irrigators.

1. Regular Floss

The string floss most people are familiar with is considered regular floss. However, there are actually many types and variations of regular floss.

Unwaxed Floss

This type of floss does not have any wax on the string. Unwaxed floss is thinner than floss with wax on it. The thinness of this floss can help you get the floss in out and out of tighter spots.

Waxed Flos

You can also purchase floss covered in wax. The wax makes it easier for you to move the floss between your teeth.

Nylon Floss

Floss is also made out of different materials. Nylon floss is the original material used for floss. Most generic and off-brand dental floss is made of nylon because it is an affordable material. The downside is that nylon floss is more prone to ripping and fraying.

Monofilament Floss

Monofilament floss is a newer flossing material. Often, monofilament floss is labeled as a type of glide floss. Monofilament floss is made out of plastic and rubber materials. It doesn't rip or fray like nylon floss.

Thick or Thin Floss

Flosses also come in a variety of thicknesses. Some look more like a string. Other flosses are wider and look more like a mini-ribbon. The thickness of the floss is really about preference and what feels right and easy for you to use.

Flavored Floss

Finally, floss comes in a variety of flavors, from peppermint to cinnamon to unflavored. The flavors make flossing a more palatable experience and freshen up the smell of your mouth.

There is a lot of variation between different types of regular floss. The material, the presence or absence of wax, the thickness, and even the flavor of the floss can be found in a wide variety of combinations. The key is to find a floss that feels good between your teeth.

2. Floss Picks

Another tool you can use to floss your teeth with is a floss pick. Floss picks do not have the same flexibility as regular floss. They do not allow you to pull the floss in the same C-shape around your tooth.

Floss picks are great for individuals who have limited hand mobility or who can only floss with one hand. Floss picks allow you to still get between your teeth and clean them out. Floss picks hold a thin strand of floss. You may want to rinse the floss on the pick as you work your way around your mouth. Floss picks are designed for a single use, so once you use it, you need to throw it away.

3. Oral Irrigators

The other tool you can use to clean your teeth is an oral irrigator, also known as a dental water jet, water flosser, or water pik. Oral irrigators look kind of like an electric toothbrush. They have a handle and a long wand that you use to floss your teeth. At the bottom of the handle is a cord that connects to a water reservoir.

Oral irrigators release a pulsating stream of water, when placed next to your teeth, can displace food and plaque from between your teeth. Oral irrigators also help keep your gums clean and healthy as well.

Oral irrigators are great for individuals with gum health issues or gum disease. Oral irrigators are also great for individuals with limited hand mobility who had a difficult time using floss on their teeth.

There are lots of different tools you can use to floss your teeth. You just need to figure out which one is best for you. If you’re not sure, you can always talk to your dentist for advice.

At Signature Smiles Family Dentistry, we can help you determine the best type of floss or flossing tool to help you keep your teeth clean. Contact us to take care of your overall dental health.