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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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Recently hailed as an inexpensive and organic alternative to teeth whitening, fruit concoctions have arisen as the new way to get those pearly whites. But is there any truth to all these claims? A study at the University of Iowa points to “No”. Associate Professor So Ran Kwon tested homemade strawberry-baking soda mix, over the […]

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From the moment they erupt in our mouths as children, our teeth play a major part in our lives. As such, it’s essential to care for them well during childhood and continuing into adulthood. In a recent study done with lab rats, it was found that when teeth were exposed to BPA, “there were multiple […]

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Wax On vs. Wax Off

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 […]

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What Your Bone Type Could Mean For Dental Implant Treatment

“It depends.” That’s probably an answer you will often hear if you’re considering getting dental implants. This is because there are so many things to consider when placing a dental implant. One of the many considerations that your dentist needs to take into account before placing a dental implant is what type of bone you […]

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