Flossing is a vital part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy, and dentists recommend that you floss twice a day for optimal oral health. But with so many brands and types of floss, it can be difficult to know which one is the best option. One of the most confusing decisions to make is whether to purchase waxed floss or non-waxed floss. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two, and the benefits of each, in order to determine which one is best for you.
The Main Difference
The major difference between the two is right in the name! Waxed floss contains a thin layer of wax on the surface. Because of this coating, it is usually a little bit thicker than unwaxed floss, but also easier to get between the teeth as the wax acts as a sort of lubricant. In general, waxed flosses are more likely to be flavored, although it is possible to find flavored unwaxed flosses.
Benefits of Waxed Floss
- It has a smoother feel thanks to the wax layer, making for a less rough sensation as you floss.
- There are a wide variety of flavors that may appeal to you and that will keep your breath fresh after every floss session.
- If you are new to making flossing a habit, you may benefit from waxed floss because it will help you to ease into the habit without an abrasive feeling.
- Those with tightly spaced teeth may find it easier and more pleasurable to use waxed floss because of its natural lubricating property.
- Waxed floss tends to be a bit stronger than unwaxed, which helps to prevent the floss from breaking while you are flossing.
Benefits of Unwaxed Floss
- It is thinner than waxed floss and can be easier to move up, down, in, and out of your teeth.
- Unflavored, unwaxed floss is free from chemicals that are often associated with the artificial flavors in waxed floss.
- The lack of flavor is beneficial to people who like to floss before they eat, as it won’t leave a contrasting taste in your mouth.
Which Floss Should You Use?
Whether you should use waxed or unwaxed floss comes down to personal preference. Each one has benefits and drawbacks, and you can decide based on your experience with both. There is no wrong answer––as long as you are flossing on a regular basis, you are making a great decision for your oral health. If you are new to flossing, buy a pack of each and give both a shot. You may find that you have no preference.
However, for those who currently wear braces, orthodontists recommend using waxed floss with a special floss threader. Unwaxed floss can get caught up on the braces, causing it to shred before it can effectively remove debris from your teeth. The coating on waxed floss prevents this from happening, allowing you to more effectively clean your teeth.
Flossing and brushing regularly is important, but it is also important that you get regular dental cleanings! If you are due for a dental cleaning, book an appointment with Steven Strickland DDS today.