The most important aspect of flossing is simply that you do it every single day. However, many dental patients find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire. Let’s take a look at some of the dental floss options found in Anchorage area drugstores.

Young man taking the time to floss his teeth. Here are some fun facts about dental floss

The Most Common Types of Dental Floss

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is usually made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less expensive, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, it is thought to more easily pull in between teeth. This type of floss is sometimes referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses, and this is where most dental patients would benefit from finding the size that fits. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the shape of a wide, flat ribbon. Many patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances put in by your Eagle River area orthodontist, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to discuss flossing with your orthodontist because you don’t want to break this valuable habit just because you’re having your teeth straightened!

A good person to ask about floss advice is your dental hygienist during your comprehensive exam.

Our hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even teeth whitening and veneers. Call our office at (907) 349-0022 or contact us to let us at Excellence in Dentistry help today!