Feb 10 2014

Between Two Teeth: How to choose the right floss for you.

Before we start talking about choosing the right floss for your teeth, let’s review the ten most important reasons you may want to have floss on hand (besides the fact that it will greatly enhance the health of your mouth, and help you prevent cavities)…

10. Seeds
9. Shredded Lettuce
8. Spinach
7. BBQ Ribs
6. Asparagus
5. Beef Jerky

4. Apple
3. Corn on the cob
2. Steak
1. Popcorn


Now that you remember how important floss can be, let’s go over some other flossing hints and tips, to make the most of your floss time.


1. Make sure you use enough floss!
Don’t skimp on the amount of floss you use, you need about 18 inches to get the job done right! Which reminds me of the phrase, “If you’re going to do something, do it right!” So get those 18 glorious inches of floss ready. Your teeth will thank you.


2. Help the flossing experience work for you.

There are several different types of floss you can use, including waxed, unwaxed, wide floss and flossing picks. Here’s how to decide what’s right for you:

Waxed – this floss has a coating of wax on it, so it’s easier to slide between your teeth

Unwaxed – this type of floss will squeak against your teeth when all the plaque has been cleared away, so you know you’ve done a great job

Wide floss aka Dental tape – this is better for people who have bridgework, or if you have wider-than-average spaces between your teeth.


3. Ditch the floss altogether and get a Water Pik

If you don’t want to deal with regular floss but still want to get the job done right, you might want to invest in a Water Pik, like this one, available for purchase at our office.

These devices work kind of like floss, but use water to rinse out the spaces between your teeth instead. It’s just an easier way of getting the job done.


So there you have it. A few tips to help you make sure that your floss is effective. But the most important thing to remember is that you should floss every single day! So try not to forget 🙂

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