Waxed floss is the most conventional type of floss and is excellent because it doesn’t easily shred or tear. Waxed floss works well for tight contacts that are difficult to access and run the floss through. The downside to waxed floss is that it is less absorbent than unwaxed floss because of the addition of the coating.
Unwaxed floss is more absorbent than waxed floss and comes in various diameters depending on the spaces between your teeth. Unwaxed floss works well for looser contacts that don’t easily tear or shred floss. The downside to unwaxed floss is that it rips and shreds easier.
Floss sticks are an excellent option for kids, people with lower dexterity, or just anyone who finds them more comfortable to use. They contain a small piece of floss on the end of a plastic handle, and instead of having to wrap the floss around your fingers, you simply hold onto the handle. They are a great alternative to having to put your fingers in your mouth. To be eco-friendly, you can even buy a reusable floss stick that you can wind a spool of floss through without having to use a new handle each time you floss. The reusable floss stick is also more durable and easier to use.
A water flosser is an excellent alternative to manual flossing for people who like gadgets. The water floss sprays a jet of water that is meant to clean between your teeth by flushing out bacteria. The water flosser is particularly useful for people who have braces on their teeth, as there are many nooks and crannies that are difficult to access. The water flosser can also be used with mouthwash to promote gum health.
Super Floss and Floss Threaders
Super floss and floss threaders are both aids to help floss around braces, bridges and implants. They are meant to be used to loop the floss underneath an appliance. Super floss is a pre-cut piece of floss with a rigid end that can easily poke between teeth, and floss threaders are small plastic loops that you can loop your favourite floss through to access between teeth.