All the official guidance on best practices for dental care say we should be flossing each day. However, statistics in the UK suggest that only 31% of us are actually doing it!
If you fall into the other 69% of people who aren’t flossing daily, it may be because you’re not sure where to start. We hear you on this! There are a whole range of flossing and interdental cleaning products available, and it can be difficult to know which is the right one.
The short answer here is that the best type of floss is a very personal question. Your individual mouth shape along with your teeth size and alignment will all play into the right choice for you. There’s also a fair element of personal preference, as different people tend to find different interdental options easier to use than others.
Waxed or unwaxed?
The difference between waxed and unwaxed floss can be perplexing. The wax makes no difference to how well the floss is able to remove plaque and bacteria. Some people prefer waxed options as they find it makes it easier to manoeuvre the floss through the gaps in their teeth. Some people prefer unwaxed floss as they think it feels better on their teeth.
Tape or floss?
Tape is available in various thicknesses. This is often a better option for people with larger gaps between their teeth. If you have only very small gaps between teeth you’ll probably want to stick with a thinner floss.
Some people with sensitive gums prefer dental tape as they find it a gentler option.
Floss or interdental brushes?
Some people find interdental brushes easier to use than dental floss. They are available in a whole range of sizes, so it should be easy to find a brush that works for your teeth. They are just as effective as dental floss and are a great alternative.
Still not convinced about flossing? Here are three misconceptions about dental floss that might give you pause for thought.