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The best type of dental floss is the one that you are most likely to use regularly. There are many different types of floss available, including waxed, unwaxed, flavored, and unflavored. Some floss is also designed to be used with specific dental appliances, such as braces or bridges.
Unwaxed floss is generally considered to be the most effective type of floss, as it cleans more effectively than waxed alternatives where the filaments are bound together. However, some people find unwaxed floss to be more difficult to use because it can fray or shred. Waxed floss is easier to use and slides more easily between teeth, but it may not be as effective at removing plaque.
Ultimately, the best type of floss is the one that you are most likely to use regularly. If you find one type of floss to be difficult or unpleasant to use, you are less likely to floss regularly.
Which Type of Dental Floss is Best?
So you're faced with an aisle full of floss options: nylon floss, Teflon floss, and even floss made of silk. So what's the skinny?
- Nylon Floss: Strong but can shred. Affordable.
- PTFE (Teflon) Floss: Slides easily, doesn't shred. Bit pricier.
- Silk Floss: A biodegradable option, but not as strong.
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Still can't decide? SurgiMac’s dental floss collection could be your go-to resource for dentist recommended floss.
Dental Floss or Tape: The Eternal Question
Tape or floss? The eternal debate rages on. Dental tape is broader and flatter. Floss is more string-like. But hey, both have their merits:
- Floss: Great for tight spaces.
- Tape: Excellent for broader gaps.
The consensus? Both work well, so it's more about personal preference and specific oral needs.
The No-No of Reusing Floss
Reuse dental floss? Gross and risky. Bacteria and food particles cling to used floss. It's also less effective the second time around.
Do You Really Need Dental Floss?
Absolutely. It removes plaque, fights gum disease, and cleans where your toothbrush can't. Can't emphasize this enough!
The Tattletale Signs for Dentists
Not flossing? Trust us, we can tell. Gums don’t lie. Redness, inflammation, and bleeding are dead giveaways. So get that deep clean floss out and put it to use!
The Sad Reality: Floss Negligence Stats
- Around 30-40% of Americans don’t floss daily.
- Shockingly, 20% never floss.
The Picks Dilemma
Oral B picks vs. floss? We're not fans of disposable floss picks. Sure, they're convenient. But they're not as effective and contribute to waste. SurgiMac’s oral care collection prefers traditional floss.
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The Flossing Effect: A Timeline
- Immediate: Plaque and food removal
- 1 Week: Decrease in gum redness
- 1 Month: Significant gum health improvement
And if you're still in doubt, check out SurgiMac’s threader floss for those tricky areas around braces or dental work.
Don't let floss be the sidekick in the oral health saga. Make it the superhero! In the end, the best floss is the one that your patient will actually use. So give them options, from affordable nylon floss to the top-shelf Oral B floss. Remember, a spool a day keeps the cavities away!
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So, floss like a boss, and make sure your patients do too!