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Is Waxed Floss Better Than Unwaxed Floss?


Posted on 3/27/2017 by Office Manager
A woman flossing her teeth.
This is a good question and what's best about it is that if you're asking the question then you are flossing and that's important. As with many things these days the choices seem endless and it's truly difficult to determine what is best for you.

If you listen to the ads everyone's product is better than the other guys' and even products made by the same manufacturer are better than one another. So, let's answer the question of waxed versus unwaxed.

What Are the Differences Between the Two?
If you have teeth that are spaced closely together and your floss sometimes breaks or can't squeeze between your teeth, then waxed floss may be better for you than unwaxed floss.

The advantage of the wax on the floss is that it glides more easily between the teeth. Waxed floss also comes in flavors, so it may encourage you to floss more frequently than unwaxed floss would.

Unwaxed floss does a great job. If you don't like artificial flavors, this may be the way to go. Unwaxed floss is also thinner than waxed floss and may be easier for you to handle. Unwaxed floss, however, is more difficult to use if you have braces because it may catch on the braces and may start shredding.

Research has been performed to see which type of floss actually does the job of removing plaque better and the result is that there was no statistical difference. In other words, both waxed and unwaxed floss get the job done so what it really comes down to is personal preference. If you aren't sure try them both.

Test to see which one is easier to use, works best with your teeth and mouth structure and which one gets the job done for you. In the end that is what really matters.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your floss.

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