It’s clear that for the majority of Alpine, San Diego, and Santee residents, 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 most common types of dental floss found in La Mesa area drugstores.
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 Alpine, Jamul, and Santee residents 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 San Diego 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. Here at Jeff Gray DDS, our hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.
My name is Dr. Jeff Gray, My practice, Jeff Gray DDS, has been serving the La Mesa area since 1986. Our top services include:
Call us today at (619) 337-7700 for your appointment! You can also visit us on the web at http://www.SmileSanDiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/.
Dr. Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
The following blog post was used as source material for this blog:
“The Different Types of Dental Floss”, Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/dental-floss_b_1643933.html, accessed on September 17, 2013