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The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth each evening after you are done brushing your teeth. This will help too clean away plaque buildup and food material from between your teeth and the gum line. If they’re not removed on a daily basis, these materials can harden into tartar, which promotes gum disease.

The ideal flossing technique calls for gently inserting the strand between two teeth. You should then grasp the floss firmly and curve it into a U-shape. Multiple passes might be needed to thoroughly clean the area. You can then work the strand carefully into the gum line to remove any stray bacterial matter in that area.

There are different variations on dental floss. Finding the one that you like best will help keep you encouraged to floss daily.

Unwaxed dental floss is a common option found in many American households. It’s little more than a plain strand of mono-filament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. While some manufactures 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. The waxy coating also helps the strand slip into tight places. This helps people with tight fitting teeth or who are struggling to floss around the orthodontic hardware of braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives like mint or cinnamon.

Technically there is no difference in effectiveness between waxed, unwaxed, flavored or unflavored dental floss. It really does come down to a matter of personal preference.

If you live in the Murray, Utah area and you need oral hygiene advice, you can always call 801-266-1414 to speak to a staff member at Dr. David Powell’s office.