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The American Dental Association advocates flossing between your teeth and along the gumline at least once each day. Despite marketing claims by antiseptic mouthwash manufacturers, flossing remains the most effective way to remove residual food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gumline.

While there are some minor differences in composition, such as nylon or monofilament as well as an array of flavored floss, there are basically two different types of floss.

Unwaxed dental floss is essentially a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. Even though some manufacturers will apply added flavors to unwaxed nylon floss, most choose to sell it plain.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. The waxy coating 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 like mint or cinnamon.

Clinically speaking, both variations of floss are equally effective at removing residual food particles and plaque from between teeth and the gumline. It is ultimately a matter of personal preference.

If you have questions about dental floss or how to improve your flossing technique in Medford, Oregon, you can always call ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. at 541-772-8280 to set up a consultation with your dentist, Dr. Teresa Eplett.