At Mt. Tabor Dental, Portland Oregon dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow often get asked which floss is best.
The answer: “Any dental floss that you use every day as part of your daily dental care routine.”
That said, there are many varieties of dental floss out there. One way to ensure that you can resolve to floss during this new year is to find the kind that you really like!
The History of Dental Floss
The practice of cleaning in-between teeth is not a new idea. Anthropologists studying the remains of ancient cultures have found evidence of implements used specifically to clean between teeth.
Credit for the invention of what we know as dental floss goes to a dentist by the name of Levi Spear Parmly, who practiced in New Orleans in the early to mid-1800s. He is best known for publishing literature encouraging his patients to use silk thread to clean in between their teeth. The idea evolved and was eventually picked up by Johnson & Johnson, who in 1896 produced an unwaxed dental floss for the open market.
Which Floss Should I Buy?
You only need to stand in the oral care aisle of the drug store or grocery store to see that there are several different varieties of floss. But which is the best, and which one should you buy?
The answer is simple: the one that you will use every day.
A more technical answer is to choose between the two main kinds of floss, which are multifilament and monofilament.
- Multifilament floss is generally made of nylon or silk and is the most common. It’s also the least expensive and comes in a variety of kinds and flavors.
- Monofilament floss is made of a type of rubber or plastic material. It tends to be a bit more expensive, but some patients find that it’s easier to use because it doesn’t tear.
Regardless of which general type of dental floss you choose to use, it’s important to know that they also come in a variety of flavors, including unflavored, mint, cinnamon, bubble gum, and even bacon!
Why Should I Floss?
Flossing every day is part of a two-step routine to clean all surfaces of your teeth. Dental floss provides a simple and effective way to clean those surfaces in-between that are difficult to impossible to reach by brushing alone. While brushing your teeth is an essential first step in a good dental care routine, flossing is the vital second step that often gets left out.
These simple tips can help you make flossing a part of your daily health care regimen. If you want additional help, dentists in Portland, OR Dr. Beck, Dr. Morrow and their staff at Mt. Tabor Dental can show you how to get the most out of flossing!