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The American Dental Association advocates a consistent daily oral hygiene routine based on brushing your teeth each morning and night and making sure to floss at least once per day. Flossing in the evening after you are done eating or snacking for the night can be helpful for making sure bacterial deposits have been evacuated from the mouth before going to sleep.

Your personal preference can be a factor in helping you remain encouraged to floss daily. To answer this concerns oral care product manufacturers create multiple varieties of dental floss.

Unwaxed dental floss is a simple, yet effective strand made from either an extruded monofilament or braided nylon. While some manufacturers will apply added flavors to unwaxed floss many sell it plain.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. This also helps to slip the dental floss into tight places. This type of dental floss can be especially helpful if you have tightly fitting teeth or a member of your family has braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives to make it cosmetically appealing.

It’s important to note that these variations in dental floss do not alter their general clinical effectiveness. They are merely available to cater to your potential preference.

If you live in the West Chester, Ohio, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 513-777-5513 to schedule a dental checkup with Drs. Thomas M. Cox & David J. Manegold and the specialists at Cox and Manegold Dentistry.