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There are several antiseptic mouthwash brands that claim that they are so effective in killing bacteria that they can replace flossing. These claims are simply not true. Flossing with dental floss is the only effective method for completely removing residual food particles and plaque from between the teeth and along the gumline.

Most brands of dental floss are made from either monofilament or braided nylon strands. They are available in various thicknesses and different flavors. Some brands of dental floss also have a waxy coating to help it slide easier between teeth.

There is no clinical difference between waxed or unwaxed dental floss, and any added flavors are simply a matter of personal preference because they have no bearing on the floss’s ability to clean between your smile.

When you are working the floss between your teeth, it’s important to be gentle and patient. Forcing or snapping the strand of dental floss in place could cause an injury to your gums.

Once the strand of dental floss is in place, curve it into a U shape then work it back and forth between each tooth. Then, work it along the gumline to remove any residual plaque or food particles trapped in the area. Be sure to floss behind your back teeth as well.

If you have questions about which type of floss is right for you, or if you would like tips on how to more effectively floss your teeth in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can call your dentist, Dr. Scott A. Young, at 704-541-5900 for a consultation. Our Scott A. Young, DDS team is happy to help you!