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The spaces between each of your teeth, contours, and the depths of the gumline often prove difficult, if not impossible for your tooth brush to clean. This is part of the reason why the American Dental Association also recommends that you remember to floss these areas at least once per day.

If these areas are not cleaned each day, hardened tartar can form on your tooth enamel near the gumline. As this persists the constant bacterial presence will significantly increase your chances of suffering gum disease. Finding the right type of floss that meets your personal preference will help keep encouraged to floss at least once each day. This is often most effective if performed in the evening after you are done eating for the day.

Unwaxed dental floss is essentially a plain strand of monofilament or micro-braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. While some manufactures will apply flavor additive many choose to sell it plain. Waxed dental floss doesn’t have the added special coating can help insert the dental floss into tight places. It can be especially helpful if you have tight teeth or you are struggling to floss around braces hardware. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives like mint or cinnamon.

On a clinical level there is no difference in effectiveness between waxed, unwaxed, flavored, or unflavored dental floss. If you live in the Round Rock, Texas area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 512.255.3800 to schedule a dental checkup at Great Oaks Dentistry today.