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What kind of dental floss should I use?

There are probably more types of dental floss than there are teeth in your mouth. So, what to choose? Waxed floss may have an edge, according to one Swiss study. But if the waxed stuff is just too slippery for you to hang on to, you might do better with unwaxed; some dentists believe unwaxed floss may be more effective at removing plaque. Go with what you won't mind using. How thick or thin depends on your teeth and the size of the spaces in between. Try a few different kinds to see what type slips easily between your choppers. You might even decide to use thin floss for one area of your mouth and thicker, textured floss in another spot.

Dr. Peggy Rosen
Dentist

Dental floss without wax cleans more food particles and plaque from teeth but many times if you have rough surfaces, the floss can get caught in there.

If you have wide space in between the teeth, the use of oral irrigation is very helpful.

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