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Gum disease is a serious inflammation and potential infection that can easily be prevented by good oral hygiene practices. This calls for following the American Dental Associations recommendation to brush twice and floss once each day. Consistency and technique are extremely important to the overall effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene routine.

The ideal flossing technique calls for gently inserting the strand between two teeth. You should then grasp the floss firmly and curve it into a C-shape. You might need to make multiple to thoroughly clean the tooth enamel. You can then work the strand carefully into the gumline to remove any stray bacterial matter in that area.

There are different variations of dental floss that you might want to try. Finding the one that you like best will help keep you encouraged to floss each day.

Unwaxed dental floss is a common option found in many American households. This is simply a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. 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 helps people with tight fitting teeth or who are struggling to floss around the orthodontic hardware of braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives to make them cosmetically appealing.

Technically there is no difference in effectiveness between waxed, unwaxed, flavored, or unflavored dental floss. It is ultimately a matter of personal preference.

If you live in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, area and you need oral hygiene advice, you can always call (605) 335-8640 to speak to Dr. Drs. Nichols and Cicmanec or a member of the staff at Prairie Dental Center.