What is the Best Dental Floss?
We’ve all heard it from our dentists: flossing is important. That’s because it removes food particles and plaque (which can erode tooth enamel and develop into tartar) from below the gumline. Flossing also reduces the risk of cavities, the likelihood of soreness, puffiness, and unsightly redness of the gums. It can also help prevent gingivitis, which can progress into periodontitis.
While there are fancier products on the market, such as water flossers and air flossers, we are focusing on traditional old dental floss and picks in this article.
Listed below are some of the best dental floss options:
Cocofloss Coconut – Oil Dental Floss
The Cocofloss Cocount-Oil Dental Floss is $27 for a pack of three and are voted the best overall. Some of the pros are: it’s a thick floss that grips well, it’s vegan and chemical free and it has a mild flavor. The con is that it is on the expensive side.
Tung’s Smart Floss
The Tung’s Smart Floss is $25 for a pack of six and was voted best tasting. This floss has a mild but refreshing cardamom flavor; includes a plant-based coating; and is soft and stretchy. The cons are that it is kind of expensive and not good for people with tight spaces between their teeth.
Oral – B Super Floss Pre-Cut Strands
The Oral- B Super Floss Pre-Cut Strands is $8.00 and voted the best floss for braces. This is easy-to-use precut strands; has a stiff end for cleaning awkward spots; and is a spongy floss, which is good for wider cleaning. The con is that it is costly for the amount received.
Risewell Teflon-Free and Scrubby Floss
The Risewell Teflon-Free Scrubby Floss is $8.00 and was voted vest at preventing cavitites. The pros are: it is hydroxyapatite-infused for enamel protection; is chemical free; and it expands. The cons are: it’s on the pricier side and there are a limited number of retailers who sell it.
DenTek Triple Clean Floss Picks
The DenTek Clean Floss Pick is $4 and was voted best picks. It is a three-in-one cleaner; it’s generally affordable; and has a no-break guarantee. The main con is that it’s not environmentally friendly.
FAQs About Dental Floss
Listed below are common questions and answers about dental floss:
Does Dental Floss Expire?
The answer to this is: not necessarily. But flavored or wax floss may change in taste and texture if kept around for prolonged periods of time.
Should you Floss Before or After Brushing Your Teeth?
Studies have shown that plaque reduction is significantly higher when flossing occurs before brushing, over after.
What Should You Do if Your Gums Bleed After Flossing?
In this situation you should consult with your dentist, as bleeding can be caused by a number of things—like gum disease or other conditions.
Reach Out to our Dentist if You Have Any Questions The Best Dental Floss
When it comes to picking out the most effective dental floss, it’s important that you should look for one that’s thicker but doesn’t shred, has some kind of woven texture (versus flat), and is coated in a light wave that helps break down the bacterial colonies associated with plaque and tartar. Dentists also recommend steering clear of flosses containing chemicals like polyfluoroalkyls. Further, if you are cavity-prone, floss with fluoride or other enamel-protective ingredients may be best. If you have more questions, or would like further recommendations, reach out to our dentist today!
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