Posts for tag: Floss

July 14, 2017
Tags: Floss  






Dental floss is similar to a lot of products that depend mainly on the comsumer's preference.  Fact is, floss comes in a wide variety of flavors, coatings, and other variations, but all types of floss essentially do the same thing.  After all, that is what is most important: that the dental floss you buy is functional - cleaning the areas between your teeth and below the gum line.  If you want to know what the best dental floss is, the answer is the kind that enables you to successfully and regularly clean those areas.   So to help you find the right type of floss for you, here are some options.


Many people that floss prefer a flavored dental floss because it freshens their breath even more that unscented floss.  The latter can also take on the smells associated with the bacteria in your mouth.  And we all know how bad that can be. So, if flavored dental floss is what you prefer, and it allows you to floss your teeth regularly, then it is automatically best for your mouth.


There are also products on the market called flossers, which usually consist of a plastic instrument with strung floss and a pick on the oppositie end.  This option can be both effective at cleaning the areas in between your teeth and scraping off plaque.  These flossers also come flavored in mint and various other varieties. Although these flossers make flossing easier to use, technique remains the key.


Some people find that typical dental floss is too harsh on their gums.  For that reason, some companies make floss with soft coatings that are less abrasive on the gums.  For the most part, these types of floss are just as effective as regular floss, and for those people that require a more sensitive approach to flossing, especially when just starting out, this is the best option.

Of all of the flossing options, it is difficult to name an absolute best type of floss. However, remember that the best choice of floss is the one that gives you the best chance of allowing you to maintain a consistent habit of regular and daily flossing.  

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

May 11, 2017
Tags: Mouthwash   Floss  






While mouth wash goes a long way in improving your oral care, it is not a substitute for flossing. Mouthwashes and flossing both provide different dental benefits that you should understand.


Mouthwash comes in two categories.  Some are considered cosmetic. This type of rinse provides temporary relief from bad breath and has a pleasant taste.  These do not actually kill any bacteria.

Therapeutic mouthwashes provide the healthier benefits.  These may contain different ingredients including fluoride or antimicrobial agents.  This type is used to remove plaque build up and reduce the potential for tartar formation.  Therapeutic rinses can also help prevent cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis.


Flossing is what removes the plaque formation before it can harden and become tartar. While a rinse reduces buildup, only flossing will fully remove plaque, especially between teeth.  The bristles on a toothbrush do not get between teeth completely.  If the plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar.  When this builds below the gum line, gum disease can start. 


Floss is available in a thin string form or a tape.  It can be waxed or unwaxed.  If you find flossing difficult, you might want to try a different type of floss.  You can buy bulk floss in containers or purchase the disposable type with a plastic handle attached.  This style can be easier for many individuals to use.  Interdental picks are available for bridgework or other situations where regular floss cannot be used.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!


God Bless,

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