Different Types of Floss

Floss is an essential part of everyone’s at-home oral health care regime. It is used to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. You may not notice it, but food does get stuck between your teeth, and if it sits there for more than a day, plaque will build up. No matter how thorough you are with brushing, it is not enough to remove this plaque.


If you leave that plaque, it will harder and become tartar, which will also make you susceptible to gingivitis, gum disease, and eventually periodontitis. Not flossing, which is essentially poor oral hygiene, is almost always the cause for gum disease. If you leave decaying food and bacteria between your teeth, you will notice that when you do start to floss, your gums bleed.

Different Types of Floss

The market is saturated with different types of dental floss these days. Which one is best for you?

Dental Tape

Dental tape is a type of floss that is flatter and smoother than traditional flosses. It’s good for people who have a lot of crowding, because it easily slides between every nook and cranny.

Floss Picks

You’ve seen the small handled floss sticks: they’re really popular for flossing on the go or for people who have a difficult time holding the floss. Although this type of floss is convenient, it’s not going to get as many corners as traditional floss. Our recommendation: Use a floss pick in a pinch, but try not to rely on it for your daily flossing. Instead, stick to traditional floss.

Eco-Friendly Floss

Do you love the environment and want to protect it? Try a biodegradable floss like this one from Woo Bamboo or this one from Radius.

What is your favorite type of floss? Let us know in the comments section below!

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