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Maintaining a healthy mouth is important for your overall quality of life. To aid in this effort the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice and flossing once each day. Many people find it easy to embrace brushing their teeth. Yet others struggle to floss consistently.

When food particles and plaque are not removed from the spaces between teeth and the gumline they can harden into tartar. When this happens you could be at increased risk of suffering from gum disease.

Finding the type of dental floss one that meets your personal preference can help encourage you or your family members encouraged to floss each day.

Many brands of dental floss are made from either extruded monofilament plastic or micro-braided nylon strands. Monofilament floss is available in varying thicknesses. This can be beneficial for someone with widely spaced or tightly spaced teeth. On the other end of the spectrum, nylon floss can be micro-braided into various widths like dental tape.

Unwaxed dental floss is little more than a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not had a waxy coating applied. Most manufacturers offer it in flavored and unflavored varieties.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. This helps the strand slip into tight places, making it preferable for people with tight fitting teeth or braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives.

Both of these variations of floss have been found to equally effective at removing residual food particles and plaque from between teeth and the gum line. At the end of the day, it truly is a matter of personal preference.

If you live in the Sacramento, California, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can call 916-422-3991 to speak to a member of our staff at Novan Dental. Dr. Novan Nguyen and Dr. Sally Chu are here for your oral health!