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Despite dubious marketing messages offered by manufacturers of antiseptic mouthwash, flossing your teeth still remains the most effective way to clear residual food particles and plaque from between your teeth.

There are some minute variations in different types of dental floss that are worth noting. Most dental floss is made from either extruded monofilament or braided nylon strands. Monofilament is sometimes available in different thicknesses. So it’s worth taking the time to try a couple of different types to find the thickness that is right for you.

Nylon dental floss can also be woven into wide, yet thin dental tape. This is especially helpful for people that have had issues in the past with working dental floss between their teeth and along the gum line.

Waxed dental floss is often made from nylon and has been treated with a special waxy coating. This allows the strand to slip between teeth easier. It is commonly loaded into floss threaders for people with braces who struggle to floss around brackets and wires.

Flavor additives on dental floss are purely a cosmetic addition. There is no clinical or medicinal value to the flavoring. Most of the time it just comes down to personal preference.

If you have questions about what type of dental floss is right for you and your family, you can always call Dr. Bruce Hutchison’s Centreville, Virginia office at 703-830-9110 to ask a question.