Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.
To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:
There are two types of floss from which to choose:
Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed and in a variety of flavors. Because this type of floss is composed of many strands of nylon, it may sometimes tear or shred, especially between teeth with tight contact points. While it is more expensive, single filament (PTFE) floss slides easily between teeth, even in tight spaces, and is virtually shred-resistant. When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.
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