In the 1997 movie Austin Powers, the title character uses a sturdy line of dental floss to swing to safety and avoid falling into a pool of ill-tempered, mutated sea bass.
For the rest of us, dental floss has a simple – but maybe just as important – benefit. It allows us to get plaque out from between our teeth. Without flossing, the risk of gum disease or tooth decay goes up exponentially.
But while Austin Powers’ super floss was strong enough to support the bodyweight of two adults, many people complain about their floss breaking when they try to put it between their molars.
Today’s blog from Parkcrest Dental Group explains what to do if your dental floss keeps breaking.
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While floss picks might be more convenient, they are not as effective as the traditional wrap-around-your-fingers dental floss.
Not only are floss picks generally more apt to break easily, but they also spread bacteria in your mouth since the same section of floss is used over and over again.
Traditional floss is able to better contour your teeth, giving you a more thorough cleaning. It’s also better for the environment because it creates less waste compared to floss picks.
When it comes to dental floss, brand matters. While buying generic floss might save you a little money up front, that savings probably isn’t worth it.
According to a New York Magazine 2019 survey of dentists, Cocofloss came in as the top-rated dental floss because of its “soft, yet textured” feel. Number two was the Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Dental Floss, another waxed floss that has been described as smooth and strong.
At Parkcrest Dental, we’ll discuss with you the best brands of dental floss for you and your family, while showing you how to floss properly.
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If using traditional dental floss from a top-rated brand still doesn’t solve your floss-breaking problems, it may be time to seek the help of a professional.
There are a number of dental issues that could be at play, including a broken filling, tooth decay, chipped tooth, and tartar buildup.
Parkcrest Dental Group can help with all of those floss-inhibiting problems. We also provide regular cleanings that can help promote good oral hygiene and prevent issues before they arise.
The staff here can also help you learn techniques to safely get dental floss through tender or problematic areas.