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We encourage you to establish a habit of flossing between every tooth and around the gums on a daily basis. While you may have heard that antiseptic mouthwash can effectively remove all lingering particles, flossing is still the most effective way to clean away plaque and food particles to keep your teeth and gum line clean.

While you can choose from various flossing products, including monofilament, nylon and flavored options, waxed and unwaxed are the two main types of floss. We invite you to learn more about the differences between waxed and unwaxed floss to help you determine your preference.

Essentially, unwaxed dental floss is a plain monofilament strand of nylon that was not coated with a waxy layer. While you can find unwaxed floss that has added flavors, most often it is sold plain. It is ideal for patients who don’t enjoy the taste of flavored floss.

Waxed dental floss received a waxy coating to help it slip between tight areas, and is very helpful for patients who have braces or tight-fitting teeth. The wax coating often includes and added flavors such as cinnamon or mint.

Overall, both waxed and unwaxed floss are extremely effective at cleaning your teeth and gum line of residual food particles and choosing between the two is more a question of personal preference.

If you would like to speak with our dentist, Dr. Danton Bradshaw, about questions for dental floss in Bellevue, Idaho, such as how to improve technique for better health, we invite you to call Snowy River Dental at 208-788-2006 for a consultation.