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The American Dental Association advises that we floss our teeth every evening after you after brushing our teeth. This helps clean away plaque buildup and food material acquired throughout the day so that your teeth will be clean for hours while you sleep. If plaque is not removed on a daily basis, the material may harden into tartar, promoting gum disease.

The ideal flossing technique calls for gently placing the strand between two teeth, grasping the floss firmly and curving it into a U-shape. Multiple passes may be needed in order to thoroughly clean the area. Work the strand carefully into the gum line to remove any stray bacterial matter in that area.

There are different kinds of dental floss. Find the one that you like best; this will encourage you to floss daily.

An unwaxed dental floss is a great option found in many American households. It’s more than a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. While some manufacturers will apply flavors like cinnamon and mint to unwaxed nylon floss, most choose to sell it plain.

Waxed dental floss, on the other hand, has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. This assists in slipping the strand into tight places. It helps people with tight-fitting teeth or those who have braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives.

Technically there is no difference in efficacy of waxed, unwaxed, flavored or unflavored dental floss. It’s a matter of preference.

If you live in the Hayward, California area and you are seeking oral hygiene advice, you can always call 510.783.1414 to speak to a staff member at Dr. Joan M. Jupina’s office.