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The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing each evening as part of an effective daily oral hygiene routine. Despite exorbitant marketing claims made by antiseptic mouthwash manufacturers, flossing remains the most effective way to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and along the gumline.

There are some minor variations in dental floss, such as nylon or monofilament. It is also available with a wide array of added flavors. However, there are basically two different types of floss.

Unwaxed dental floss is essentially a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. While some manufactures will apply added flavors to unwaxed nylon floss, most choose to sell it plain.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. The waxy coating helps the strand slip into tight places, making it preferable for people with tight-fitting teeth or braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives like mint or cinnamon.

Clinically speaking, both variations of floss are equally effective at removing residual food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gumline. The type of floss you use is ultimately a matter of personal preference.

If you have questions about the right type of dental floss in West Jordan, Utah, you can always call 801-890-0030 to talk to speak to a member of our Frandsen Dental staff.