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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once each day. Doing so is a big part of removing food particles and plaque from your mouth, which reduces your chances of suffering from cavities or gum disease.

Flossing at the gumline and behind your last molar is especially important. These areas can easily trap bacterial deposits. If they’re not cleaned each day, hardened tartar can form on your teeth. This will significantly increase your chances of suffering gum disease.

Finding a type of dental floss that you like will encourage you to floss each day.

Unwaxed dental floss is a common option used by many people. It’s little more than a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. While some manufactures will apply added flavors most choose to sell it plain.

Waxed dental floss has a special coating. This coating helps you to slip the dental floss into the spaces between your teeth. It can be especially helpful if you have tight teeth or you are struggling to floss around braces hardware. The wax is sometimes flavored with mint or cinnamon.

There is no difference in effectiveness between waxed, unwaxed, flavored, or unflavored floss. It really does come down to a matter of personal preference.

If you live in the Bethel Park, Pennsylvania area and you need oral hygiene advice, you can always call 412-253-4671 to speak to Dr. Jeffrey Verner or a team member at Complete Dental Care.