How to Shop for Dental Floss

Anyone who has ever visited their local grocery or drug store is likely aware that there are countless products on the market today to help care for your teeth at home. The most basic of these supplies of course includes toothbrushes and toothpastes. Dr. Peck is often asked for recommendations regarding the purchase of these types of products.

However, the professionals at Taylor Street Dental Associates want you to know that there are also a number of options available on the market when it comes to purchasing products such as dental floss. Flossing is just as important to the overall health of your teeth and gums as brushing is and therefore, patients should take the time to discover which product works best for them.

Traditional, waxed dental floss is perhaps the most common floss used. We use it in our dental office, and it is widely available from almost any store. Waxed floss works well for many types of patients and is used to remove typical debris found in between the teeth. However, some patients do report that regular floss can bunch or shred between their teeth. This is common for patients who have teeth that are crowded or even crooked. For these patients a flat, dental tape product may be better to use because it glides easily without shredding.

For patients who desire a thorough cleaning between their teeth, Waterpiks are also available. These devices, also known as water flossers, blast water between the teeth to clear debris and germs. While Waterpiks are nice complements to a regular flossing routine, Dr. Peck does not recommend that they replace the use of some sort of floss, which works better at strengthening your gums.

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