Dr. Gore shares what a patient should consider when purchasing floss.
For the patient who wants to floss her teeth and maybe dexterity is an issue, certainly at your favorite pharmacy you can get some little forks that basically are split and you wrap the floss between the forks and it assists you in putting the floss in a better position in your mouth. You can still go up and down and do the wrapping from side-to-side.
It’s also important that the type of floss you choose and there are many flosses on the market that are very waxed, highly synthetic coated – those are good to get between very tight teeth. However, I am finding that patients that use the highly synthetically coated or waxed floss there’s not as much surface area as the type of floss that is woven or braided and the woven or braided floss, although it is a little more difficult sometimes to get between our teeth, will actually do a better job. It’s much more effective.
So at your favorite pharmacy think about getting a woven or the braided floss as opposed to the easy, synthetically coated or waxed floss. That will be much better for you health-wise. When you are at your favorite pharmacy purchasing whatever floss, implements or aids you want to get the floss sticks, the floss forks or the floss itself, they are all as effective. They all do a great job. It’s just a matter of doing it and doing it nightly before you go to bed – that’s the key is compliance. So we want to floss our teeth and whatever implement you use to get up there and wrap around and move it around between the teeth it will work fantastic.
About Dr. Rod Gore, D.D.S.:
Scottsdale dentist Dr. Rod Gore is a Northwestern University graduate and has been in practice for 14 years. He is one of 210 dentists worldwide to receive accreditation status with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 1995. He is committed to advancing his education to provide the latest techniques and technology to Scottsdale Dentistry patients.