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What is the Best Dental Floss?

We have often been asked, "What is the best dental floss to use when flossing?" Dr. Reese has two brands in mind but wholeheartedly agrees with the American Dental Association when they say, It's not what type of floss you use, but how and when you use it. If you have a preferred type of floss, you may be more likely to use it.” The most important part when choosing dental floss is whether you actually use it or not.

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What does it mean to floss?

Flossing is running a piece of floss (which resembles thread or string) between your teeth. It cleans away plaque that your toothbrush will miss, and is a very essential part of good oral health. In fact, if you only brush twice a day and do not floss, you're only really doing part of the job.

What is the Best Dental Floss? Choosing a Dental Floss to Use

Just like how our teeth and the spaces between it are different, so are the types of dental floss that are best to use with it. Dr. Reese says that the key to choosing what is the best dental floss for you and your family is to find one that doesn’t stick to your teeth.

  • Are there large gaps between your teeth? Use dental tape or super floss.
  • There aren’t much spaces between your teeth? Waxed floss is easier to slide into those tight spaces.
  • Do you want to use floss that is less messy? Look for disposable floss or floss in pre-measured strands.
  • Are you wearing braces or bridges? Spongy floss is a good option, but any floss can be used if you wear dental appliances, especially if you have a floss threader.

When shopping for dental floss, always check for the ADA label. It proves the product has been tested and packaging claims are true to the intended use of the dental product. Dr. Reese usually recommends Glide floss by Oral B or Reach floss by Johnson & Johnson.

How To Floss Properly

Referring to an illustration from the ADA:

  • Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth.

The Bottom Line

Proper and regular brushing of one’s teeth as well as flossing is part of your preventive dental care. However, you should still visit your dentist twice a year to have your teeth cleaned as there are teeth that are more prone to cavities even if you brush your teeth regularly and watch what you eat.

Indianapolis Dentistry is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana, 5 minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. To make an appointment or to call for directions, please call 317-882-0228.

 

What are the Benefits of Flossing?

Dental flossing is important and should be included in your dental daily care routine. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Most people would disregard the flossing part, arguing they brush their teeth thinking that’s enough but they fail to realize the importance and many benefits of flossing.

Benefits of Flossing

It’s simple. Flossing cleans the areas of the teeth your toothbrush cannot reach.

A toothbrush cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums while a dental floss cleans the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and the gums.

Flossing eliminates cavities and tooth decay

Cavities form when plaque accumulates and is left undisturbed for a long time, hardening into calculus or what is commonly known as tartar. When this happens, only the dentist will be able to remove it with the help of a scraper or more extensive dental work. Regular flossing eliminates this chance of cavities to form. The ADA suggests that flossing before you brush helps make brushing more effective. With less plaque caught between your teeth, toothpaste can get to more parts of your mouth and effectively clean it better.

Flossing protects your gums and prevents gum disease

The places where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Tiny particles of food can get lodged in those places and plaque can potentially form. Flossing allows you to remove the plaque that is still sticky but soft and pliable. This is in its earliest form. Plaque only hardens into tartar if it's been undisturbed for a period of time so regular flossing can keep buildup from happening.

Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis: red, swollen gums that are the first stage of gum disease. If left unchecked and untreated it can cause periodontitis: a severe gum disease characterized by severe inflammation and eventual tooth and bone loss.

Flossing helps alleviate bad breath

Halitosis can be embarrassing for anybody and sometimes bad breath can be caused by leftover food particles lodged in between your teeth. Flossing regularly helps take it out and prevent bacteria to breed and cause bad breath.  What Are The Benefits Of Flossing

Flossing can help prevent other diseases

A healthy mouth can also help prevent much more serious diseases like heart problems. Remember your oral health plays a pivotal role with the health of the rest of your body. The Centers for Disease Control has acknowledged that oral hygiene plays a big role in preventing diseases. For example, periodontal disease can affect those with heart disease.

Flossing can save you money

Flossing and brushing daily can significantly help reduce health care costs for you and your family in the long run. By flossing regularly you can prevent many potential costly dental work to be done. Flossing plays a big role in preventive dental care.

Start the New Year With Better Dental Habits

New year resolutions often involve health goals – include your dental health in those goals.  Visit your dentist. Establishing improved oral health goals should start with a thorough dental exam, oral cancer screening, and cleaning. Use this visit to get a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing techniques, sometimes that’s all it takes to get your oral health under control. Take care of your smile, and if your want to improve on your smile on a budget, the Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic is all about improving smiles – consider Dr. Reese and his staff for your dental needs. Their clinic is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport, just five minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. Call 317-882-0228 for directions or book an appointment now!