Dental floss is an important component in proper dental hygiene and the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. But did you know that there are several different types of dental floss available? After a dental appointment, you might be handed some dental floss to take home with you. But some dental floss might be more effective for your own mouth than others, and you might want to consult with your dentist or try a few types to see what works best.
Aside from the availability of dental floss in different flavors or colors, it also comes in different materials and widths, and also waxed and unwaxed. Waxed floss enables you to slide the floss more easily through tighter spaces between your teeth. Floss can also be purchased in very fine widths for the same purpose, as thicker floss may prove difficult to get into really tight spots.
Another item that may be used in lieu of dental floss is dental tape, which benefits individuals with large spaces between their teeth, or who are have had bridge work performed.
Dental floss is typically available in small containers, but can also be purchased in specially made holders are useful for individuals with arthritis or some other problem that makes it more difficult to wrap the floss around their fingers.