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Wax On vs. Wax Off

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

Illustration of waxed floss and unwaxed floss
If you’ve ever shopped for dental floss – and you really should – you may have noticed that there are two varieties of nylon floss sold: waxed and unwaxed. Although most people prefer the sturdiness of floss coated in wax, many find that the added layer of wax can sometimes be difficult to comfortably fit in between the teeth. For people with crowded, very tightly-spaced teeth, the unwaxed dental floss might prove to be easier to use.

Another consideration when comparing waxed vs. unwaxed floss is flavoring. Waxed flosses often have flavorings added to them which, depending on your preference, could be a good or bad thing. If you prefer your floss unflavored, then you may opt for unwaxed floss.

One final note on waxed floss is that the coating is made of PFC, which helps the floss slide between the teeth easier. However, some people are concerned about the safety risks that come with PFC as there are some chemicals in that category that are suspected to cause health issues.

Whichever type of floss you prefer, it will work effectively in cleaning the spaces between your teeth. There is however one exception to this: people with braces. If you have braces, it would be best to use waxed dental floss. Without the wax coating for protection, unwaxed floss could end up getting shredded during flossing, resulting in thin strands of floss getting tangled with the braces.

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If you’ve ever reached for a stick of sugar-free gum and checked the ingredients, then you’ve probably heard of xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate that looks and tastes just like regular sugar. The difference? Xylitol is actually good for your teeth! Xylitol is made from either corncobs or trees. Using corncobs to produce […]

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Food scientists have known for a while now that there are certain molecules in chocolate that give it antibacterial properties. These special molecules, called polyphenols, are also naturally occurring in tealeaves and red wine. These polyphenols, which protect plant cells from bacteria and other damage, can also be helpful in protecting our cells from bacteria. […]

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Going Sugar Free… The Right Way

Thinking about cutting back on sugar? You may be considering replacing your sugar intake with artificial sweeteners to cut the number of calories you take in. However, there are certain things to watch out for: “Sugarless” isn’t always so – A product may claim to be ‘sugarless’ or ‘no sugar added’ but that doesn’t mean […]

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Why Chewing Gum is Good For Your Oral Health

Not all chewing gum are created equally. Although people have been chewing gum for centuries, there’s a critical difference between gum that can help your teeth and gum that can ruin your teeth: sugar! Sugarless gum has been shown to have oral health benefits and can even help to prevent tooth decay! In fact, chewing […]

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Are You Better Off Without Toothpaste?

When you think of dental hygiene, a toothbrush and toothpaste immediately comes to mind. A cult has been built around toothpaste-a thousand different varieties, brands, flavors, and functions exist. Each new commercial touts a different dentist’s recommendation, and consumers are left baffled in the drugstore aisle wondering if whitening specialties really work. Unfortunately, all of […]

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