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The American Dental Association advocates brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing each evening as part of an effective oral hygiene routine. This is designed to remove stray food matter and plaque from your teeth before they have a chance to harden into tartar or promote tooth decay.

As simple as dental floss might seem, there are actually a few different variations worth noting.

Most brands of dental floss are made from either extruded monofilament plastic or micro-braided nylon strands. Monofilament floss is available in varying thicknesses. This can be beneficial for someone with widely spaced or tightly spaced teeth. On the other end of the spectrum, 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. While some manufacturers 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. This 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.

Clinically speaking, 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 flossing or dental floss in Midlothian, Virginia, you can always call 804-419-5155 to seek further advice from Dr. Jeryl Abbott at Midlothian Dental Arts.