There are probably more types of floss than there are teeth in your mouth. So, what to choose?
Waxed floss may have an edge, according to one Swiss study. But if the waxed stuff is just too slippery for you to hang on to, you might do better with unwaxed. Go with what you won’t mind using. How thick or thin depends on your teeth and the size of the spaces in between. Try a few different kinds to see what type slips easily between your teeth. You might even decide to use thin floss for one area of your mouth and thicker, textured floss in another spot.
Whatever you choose, floss correctly and you can remove up to 80% of the plaque between your teeth.
Getting floss under bridges, around implants, and under braces can be tricky. But threading devices can help pull this slippery little string through the tiniest of spaces at the gumline. Some flosses even come in measured strands, with a stiff end that makes it easy to thread. And if you’re not very dexterous, a floss holder may make life easier. Short holders are easily manipulated around front teeth, while long-handled ergonomic ones make flossing back teeth an easy reach. For the ultimate hand up, there are electric flossers.
Extend Your Reach
Interdental tools are tiny brushes or soft picks that slip into spaces between teeth along the gumline to remove plaque. And they really do the job. In fact, a Swedish study involving 1,000 dentists and dental hygienists and their patients revealed that interdental tools removed 83% of plaque compared with just 73% for dental floss. But if you’re deciding between tools and floss, the one to buy is the one you’ll use. In the study, people under 40 preferred floss, while those over 40 preferred the other options.
article by www.realage.com