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Oral Care Guide For Teens - Oral Care Products - Dental floss - Types of dental floss

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Floss coating
Photograph of a few boxes of waxed floss.
  • Waxed floss is coated with wax which makes it easier for the floss to slide into the interdental spaces.
Photograph of a few boxes of mint flavoured floss.
  • Mint flavoured floss gives a feeling of freshness.
Photograph of two boxes of fluoride coated floss.
  • Fluoride coated floss is intended to prevent tooth decay from occurring on the adjacent tooth surfaces, but its effectiveness has not yet been proven.

Shape of floss
Photograph of a piece of flattened floss.
  • Flattened floss is designed to increase the contact surface with the tooth.
Photograph of a piece of ultra floss.
  • Ultra floss is spongy and soft.
Photograph of a piece of thin round floss.
  • Round floss is relatively thinner.
Photograph of a piece of superfloss.
  • Superfloss contains segments of stiffened-end threader, spongy floss and regular floss. Stiffened-end threader can make it easier for us to slide the superfloss through the gap between the teeth and fixed orthodontic appliances. Spongy floss cleans around the appliances and between wide spaces or to floss underneath the bridge. Regualr floss removes plaque from the adjacent tooth surfaces.

    Please refer to sections "Cleaning of fixed orthodontic appliance" and "Cleaning of fixed bridge" for method of using Superfloss.

Floss holder ( Dental floss stick)
Floss holder is a supplementary tool for flossing. It is suitable for parents or caregivers in helping children or individuals with special care needs to clean the adjacent surfaces of their teeth. There are many different types of floss holder in the market. One should choose the appropriate type according to durability, shape, and handle length.
  • Floss holder comes in a 'knife' shape or a 'Y' shape. They are similarly effective in cleaning teeth. A new thread of dental floss can be reattached to the floss holder every time after use if it is a non-disposable one. When cleaning the back teeth using a 'knife' shaped dental floss stick, one will need to stretch the lips to facilitate the access of the floss stick. Handles of floss holder differ in length. Those with shorter handles are more difficult to use. Therefore, parents and caregivers should choose the one with a longer handle to floss for their children or the elderly person.
Photograph of a non-disposable floss holder.
Non-disposable"Y" shape floss holder
Photograph of a non-disposable floss holder
Non- disposable "Knife" shape floss holder
  • To effectively clean adjacent surfaces of teeth, the floss on the floss holder must be taut. Therefore, we need to pay attention to the tautness of the floss when buying disposable floss holder.
Photograph of two disposable dental floss holders
Disposable dental floss holders
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