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There are many ways to keep your teeth and oral health in fabulous shape if you look. For example, did you know there are four standard styles of dental floss? Yes, it’s true! If you floss each day and brush twice a day, these tools can help keep your smile healthy and white for years to come, and help you avoid many oral health problems along the way.

Our dentist, Dr. Tina Foss with North Mesquite Dental in Mesquite, Texas, encourages flossing daily and understands it’s hard to navigate the sea of choices at the store. That is why our dental team has provided you with some insight into the four typical styles you will find at the store to help you choose the best one for you. Keep in mind, everyone is different, and it is always best to floss with any dental flossing tool than to never floss at all.

Water flossers:
Water flossers work by driving water pressure between your teeth and along your gumline with a steady beam of water. Water flossers are safe on the teeth and gums and have been proven to be a useful flossing tool. Because there is no traditional floss string, this option has become a popular option for many due to handiness.

Unwaxed dental floss:
Threaded dental floss is traditionally known as unwaxed floss. Unwaxed floss can be rough to slide between crooked teeth or teeth that are too tight together. As a result, unwaxed floss is a fantastic solution for people who have experienced orthodontic treatment, because it is easier for the floss to glide between your teeth.

Floss picks, also known as professional flossers:
Floss picks, or professional flossers, have many diverse names. Professional flossers are shaped like a “C” with a string of floss between the sides and a sharp pick on the handle. Flossing picks are an ideal fit for people who don’t like the traditional floss around their fingers. However, because the string is short, you do go through more picks than conventional floss, and some angles are still harder to reach with the flossing pick.

Waxed floss:
Threaded waxed floss is another traditional style of dental floss that has a slick, waxy material on the floss thread. The wax makes it easier for the floss to flow between teeth that are tight and crooked. Waxed floss is an excellent option for those who find it hard to place dental floss between your teeth.

With these four styles of dental floss, it’s easy to find an ideal tool that can be used for you. If you have questions about your oral health or are in need of a dental checkup, then you have come to the right place! Please pick up a phone and call, 972-686-6477 to make an appointment. Our dental team is happy to assist you and provide you with the answers to your oral health care questions you are looking for.