6 Types of Dental Floss: Pros and Cons - Smiles Dental

6 Types of Dental Floss: Pros and Cons

Flossing is a necessary part of an oral hygiene routine. Food and plaque bacteria can easily become trapped between teeth and harm them. You need to clean between your teeth at least once a day in order to maintain good oral health. However, you may wonder which type of dental floss is the best kind for you to use. Here are some of the different kinds of dental floss on the market.

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Unwaxed dental floss is what you have most likely used since it is the most popular dental floss. This type of floss fits more easily into small spaces than waxed floss does. However, it is also more likely to fray while you clean your teeth.


Waxed floss has a thin layer of wax covering it. Since there is a wax coating on the dental floss it is made stronger as a result and does not fray. This wax helps the floss to slide up more easily between teeth and also prevents fraying.


A thick floss can prove to be a more effective cleaner. However, it may be difficult to use for those who have very narrow spaces between their teeth.


Comfort floss is like what its name suggests: comfortable. It is not only softer, but slides up more easily into small spaces.


If you have braces, then super floss is a must. This floss has a stiff end which helps in slipping it behind the brace’s wire.


Dental tape is wider and flatter than traditional floss, a shape which makes dental tape easier to use.

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