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While flossing your teeth isn’t optional, you do have options about what kind of floss you use. Keep in mind that what matters is that you take time to clean between your teeth to remove the plaque, bacteria and bits of food that contribute to bad breath, cavities and gum disease.

You can buy waxed or unwaxed nylon floss. Waxed floss is often easier for people with braces or other types of dental work. But nylon floss also has the tendency to shred as you use it. Monofilament floss is easy and slides between your teeth like waxed floss and will not shred.

If you have trouble holding your arms up, have range of motion issues, or you wear braces or bridgework, you may find it easier to use a floss threader, a floss pick or a water-flosser.

No matter what type of floss you choose, you should floss at least once a day. If you wear braces, it’s a good idea to floss after every meal or snack. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth and never use your dental floss twice. If you do, you will simply be spreading bacteria and food particles around your mouth. One of the old debates is whether you should brush or floss first. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. You just need to do a good job of both.

If you live in the Carthage, Missouri, area, and you have questions about your dental routine, or if it’s time for your regular appointment, our dentist, Dr. Michael Woody, will be happy to see you. Call 417-358-2233 today to set up your appointment at Peach Tree Dental.