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Flossing your teeth one a day is the most effective way to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline. While an effective flossing technique is important, there are other minor variations in dental floss that can be a factor. To help you choose the best type of dental floss for you and your family, your dentist, Dr. Keith Huff, offers these key insights.

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 the gumline. It is ultimately a matter of personal preference.

If you have questions about dental floss in Coos Bay, Oregon, or how to improve your flossing technique, you can always call 541-269-5353 to speak with someone at South Coast Family Dentistry.