At your dental appointments, do you tell the truth when asked how often you floss? We constantly inquire because we know proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach - under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended. Flossing is an important part of Stroudsburg Family Dental’s preventative approach to dentistry. So you can become a flossing superstar, here’s the correct technique to practice:
What type of floss should you use? There are two types of floss from which to choose: Nylon (or multifilament) floss and PTFE (monofilament) floss. Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed, and in a variety of flavors. Because this type of floss is composed of many strands of nylon, it may sometimes tear or shred, especially between teeth with tight contact points. While more expensive, single filament (PTFE) floss slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant. When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.
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