We always recommend flossing to our patients. Flossing between meals can help remove debris from snacks or other meals you eat when you aren't able to brush afterward.
Remember that it should not be used to replace brushing. Brushing is always better and if you can brush at work after a meal you certainly should. Flossing is to be used as an adjunct to brushing, in your oral health regimen. Floss can also reach spots in between your teeth that the bristles of a toothbrush can't.
Figuring Out the Best Floss for You
One problem with flossing that our patients express is which is the best floss to use? There are several varieties of floss made of various materials. They come in different types of packaging, which affects how you use them. Some are a string enclosed in a box that you break off and hold with both hands.
Another is attached to the device that holds the string and still others are attached to a Y-formed device with a short string attached. The delivery system is a choice you make based on what is easiest for you to use. Then there is a waxed and unwaxed floss. So, what is the difference? This will explain the benefits of waxed floss.
Is Waxed Floss Better than Unwaxed Floss?
Waxed floss has several benefits over unwaxed floss. Waxed floss is a nylon string with a coat of wax on it. It is generally sturdier than unwaxed floss. This is helpful if your teeth have corners that are sharp or have angles that are difficult to reach. It also makes it easier to get into small spaces without getting frayed. Plus, wax also buffers the string when it is against your sensitive oral tissues, making flossing easier for many.
If you have braces or dentures, waxed floss is better to use than unwaxed floss. The wax coating and nylon string make it less likely to snag on the metal fixtures and makes it easier to get around these areas. Since the wax makes it easier to slide it may make it easier to get between teeth that are spaced close together.