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Despite dubious marketing claims by antiseptic mouthwash manufacturers, flossing remains the most effective method for removing the bacteria that can cause gum disease. Indeed, the American Dental Association recommends that you floss your teeth at least once per day. Doing so in the evening after you have finished eating for the day will help you remove plaque and residual food particles from between your teeth and along the gumline.

There are a few minor variations in dental floss that are worth considering. Most brands of dental floss are made from either extruded monofilament plastic or micro-braided nylon strands. Monofilament floss is available in varying thicknesses while nylon floss can be micro-braided into various widths like dental tape.

Unwaxed dental floss is essentially a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. While some manufactures will apply added flavors to unwaxed nylon floss, most choose to sell it plain.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. The waxy coating also helps the strand slip into tight places, making it preferable for people with tight-fitting teeth or braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives such as mint.

Effectively, both types of floss prove equal to the task of removing residual food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gumline. At the end of the day, it truly is a matter of personal preference.

If you have further questions about the best type of dental floss in Tarzana, California, you can always call 818-345-5286 to speak to your dentist, Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami, or a member of our SoCalSmiles Dental Office staff.