Floss, Wax, and Tape

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flossDo you floss every day? No matter how advanced your toothbrush, it won’t get between your teeth. The bacteria that create acid and plaque are there, too, so if you don’t floss, you’re leaving them in there.

But which floss should you use? There are more options than ever. Some people like simple floss, good and thin to get between the teeth. Others like waxed, because it slips in easier. The wax acts as a lubricant and holds the floss together better so it doesn’t fray. However, if your teeth are very tightly spaced, the wax can make it too thick to get between your teeth.

People are split on the feeling of waxed floss. Some really like it and others really don’t. You might talk to your parents about giving both kinds a try to see which you like best.

If you have a lot of space between your teeth, you might try dental tape. Unlike floss, which most resembles a thin string, dental tape looks more like a ribbon. Some find it the easiest floss to use and it’s sometimes recommended for beginners.

Whether you use tape or floss, waxed or unwaxed, all of these tools can be flavored. Do you have a favorite? Next time you go to the store for floss, check out the different flavors and see if there’s one you’d like to try.

As with toothbrushes, your childrens dentist will tell you that the best floss is the one you’ll use. If you have questions about dental floss or you’re not sure how to use it properly, ask your dentist. Flossing is a vital part of keeping your teeth clean and healthy.


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