Are You Using the Right Floss?

O'Fallon IL Cosmetic Dentistry

The "right floss?" Is that even a thing?

Ask any dental professional and you'll find out that yes, it is.

Dr. Sarah Thompson and her team at Dream Dentist love educating patients on finding the floss that suits their smile the best.

Here are some guidelines that can help you choose:

Mind The Gap

The whole point of flossing is to get the spots your toothbrush is missing. This usually involves sliding a thin material between neighboring teeth. But if your teeth have large gaps between them, you may find that classic thin floss is painful on your gums. It's also hard to move it against teeth.

Try to choose a flossing medium that is gentle on your gums and accesses the most surface area on your teeth.

Possibilities include:

  • Tufted floss
  • Yarn
  • Interproximal brushes (they look like mini pine trees) 

Get Below The Gums

Flossing removes bacteria and acids trapped between neighboring teeth, but it should also reach just below the gums to remove germs hiding there. If it's hard to do this with regular floss, a water flosser may be the way to go.

Flossing More Than Teeth?

Crowns, bridges, fixed retainers, braces, implants, and such also need to be cleaned regularly. It's important to find floss material and flossing aids that will make the job easy. 

The Best Kind Of Floss

In the end, the best kind of floss for you is the one you like to use!

To find a flossing routine you enjoy, plan a visit to Dream Dentist. We'll set you up with samples and tips for keeping your smile as clean as it can possibly be!


Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O'Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699