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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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Don’t Underestimate Smokeless Tobacco

It’s common knowledge that smoking affects your oral health, but let’s not forget about smoking’s destructive counterpart: smokeless chewing tobacco (also known as “snuff”). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, snuff is a fine grain tobacco that a user places in their mouth between their lips and gums. As saliva generates, the […]

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Too Much Bottled Water Might Harm Kids’ Teeth

With more and more Americans using less and less tap water, a lack of fluoride could be a real concern. How many water bottles do you and your family buy in a year? How much is too much? Ensuring that children get fluoride from a young age is very important. Most brands of bottled water […]

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