People who floss regularly have healthier gums. They have less gum bleeding, gum disease, bone loss, and inflammation. Adding dental floss into your daily oral hygiene routine will help remove plaque and eliminate bacteria that can lead to gingivitis, tooth decay, and bad breath.
The main thing to remember is that you should brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash every day! Any type of floss will improve your oral health and pick up bacteria that your toothpaste and toothbrush left behind. That being said, certain flosses will fit your personal preference and needs better than others.
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The experts at NewMouth have compiled a list of the best dental floss for all types of teeth:
Johnson & Johnson Listerine Ultraclean (Formerly Reach) is a great all-around floss and is often recommended by dentists and hygienists. It does a great job of removing plaque buildup that brushing misses, and it is nice and thick, so it won't shred while you're flossing. Plus, it has a fresh cool mint flavor.
For people with tight spaces in their teeth, some flosses may be too thick. Oral-B Glide’s floss is waxed to help it “glide” through your teeth without snapping into your gum line. It’s thin enough to fit between tight spaces to remove plaque and food particles, but strong enough that it doesn’t shred.
The Humble Co.’s Natural floss picks are vegan and biodegradable, using cornstarch as their base. They provide all of the benefits of other great brands like Plackers, including increased ability to get hard to reach areas and double threading to ensure the removal of food and plaque. They also add zero-waste to your oral care routine.
Cocofloss is an amazing product that has started to make its way into dentist’s offices and their homes. It is woven with 500 fibers, making it round instead of flat. It is infused with coconut oil and has a gentle wax coating to make it gentle on your gums (and smell like heaven). Cocofloss is vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about using it.
Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss is another great natural product. Its polyester fibers are coated with vegetable and beeswax and can be stretched to fit in tight interdental spaces and then expanded to provide more surface area for cleaning. The container is biodegradable, and it comes in a gentle cardamom flavor.
Oral-B Super Floss is an excellent tool for anyone with braces, bonded retainers, and dental bridges. Each piece comes precut with three sections, a stiff end for threading and flossing under the appliances, a spongy section to clean all around the appliances and in gaps, and a section of regular mint floss. Dentists often use them in-office, so you know you're choosing the best tool.
Water flossers, also known as irrigators or piks, provide an alternative to floss for people unable to add flossing into their daily routine. They require less dexterity than regular flossing while delivering many of the same benefits, including the removal of plaque and calculus.
Ideally, water flossers are used in addition to traditional floss. The combination will provide the best cleaning of your teeth and gum tissue.
The Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator uses magnets to ionize the water in it. It easily cleans between teeth, under gums, and around dental appliances. It sprays water at 1,200 pulses per minute, provides adjustable pressure, and has a large 800 ml reservoir. It is great for couples or families, as you can change the color-coded heads.
Waterpik is one of the only water flosser brands to earn the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance (Philips is the other). This model provides excellent pressure and is wireless, rechargeable, and portable. It is ideal for travel but does have a much smaller water reservoir.
The iTeknic Portable Dental Flosser has gotten great reviews since it came out. It has a 300ml tank, three adjustable modes, five different nozzles, and a ton of other handy features. The ADA has not approved it, but it is approved by the FDA, LFGB, CE, and FCC. It also comes in at about 50 percent of the price of Waterpik.
Johnson & Johnson Listerine Ultraclean (Formerly Reach) is one of the top flosses. It often gets recommended by dentists and hygienists.
Traditional floss is the best tool in most cases. Floss picks also can help you clean hard-to-reach places. If you have braces, floss threader makes it easy to clean your brackets and the area around them.
Use a thin floss designed for tight spaces like Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Clinical Protection Floss.
Traditional floss can bend and wrap around your teeth better than the straight piece of floss that floss picks use. However, some people find that floss picks help them clean hard to reach places.
Dental tape is wider and flatter than regular dental floss. People with tight spaces between their teeth usually prefer dental floss, while people with wider spaces may enjoy dental tape. Both are available in waxed or unwaxed versions.
It is now available as Johnson & Johnson Listerine Ultraclean.
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