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Choosing the Best Floss for Your Teeth

Jun 05 2019

Choosing the best floss for your teeth
As some of you may have come across in the news, recent studies linked the use of Glide floss to the presence of perfluorooctanesulfonic acids (PFAS) in blood samples.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PFAS are man-made chemicals that can be found in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, cosmetics, firefighting foams and other household products. Researchers are concerned with the long term effects of the presence of these chemicals.
Flossing is the most effective way to clean interproximal spaces of teeth. There are many other options for types of floss. Glide floss was likely developed as a response to people stating that it was difficult to fit the floss between the contacts of the teeth. While this can be an issue, not everyone needs to use a Glide type floss. Fine unwaxed or waxed floss can also be used efficiently and effectively. It is best to find floss that works well for your interproximal spaces, also known as embrasure spaces. As the image below illustrates, embrasure spaces vary depending on periodontal status. When gum tissue fills the embrasure space it would be considered a normal embrasure. If there is bone loss and gum tissue recession there will be a larger embrasure space. Larger embrasure spaces require more than a thin “glide type” floss to be cleaned effectively. Try floss that has thickness to it such as Oral B Super Floss or Gum EasyThread Floss. In moderate embrasures an interproximal brush can be used. If you’re concerned about your tight contacts try floss with a threader to gently thread through the embrasure spaces. Remember to be gentle and not force through gum tissue.

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