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When food particles and plaque are not removed from between teeth and along the gumline or between your braces and teeth, it increases your chances of suffering an oral health problem. This most commonly comes in the form of tooth decay or gum disease. To help prevent these things from befalling you, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day and floss in the evening.

There are different variations in dental floss. While most of these options are a matter of personal preference, finding the type of dental floss that you like will keep you encouraged to floss daily.

Unwaxed dental floss is a common option used in many American households. It’s little more than a plain strand of monofilament 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 people 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 floss. It really does come down to a matter of personal preference. So be sure to choose a dental floss that you and your family members will be encouraged to use.

If you live in the Worthington, OH, area and you need oral hygiene advice, you can always call 614-888-8070 to speak to Dr. Catherine Scheurer McDevitt or someone at A Winning Smile Orthodontics.