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The American Dental Association recommends that you floss your teeth at least once per day to remove plaque and residual food particles from between teeth and along the gumline. Despite exorbitant marketing claims by antiseptic mouthwash manufacturers, flossing remains the most effective method for removing the bacteria that can cause gum disease. There are a few minor variations in dental floss that are worth considering.

Most brands of dental floss are made from either extruded monofilament plastic or micro-braided nylon strands. Monofilament floss is available in varying thicknesses while nylon floss can be micro-braided into various widths, like dental tape.

Unwaxed dental floss is essentially a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. Even though some manufactures will apply added flavors to unwaxed nylon floss, most choose to sell it plain.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. The waxy coating helps the strand slip into tight places, making it preferable for people with tight-fitting teeth or braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives, such as mint.

On a clinical level, both types of floss are equally effective at removing residual food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gumline. At the end of the day, it truly is a matter of personal preference.

If you have questions about dental floss in Middletown, Connecticut, you can always call Laura Miller, DDS at 860-346-6872 and talk to our dental team.