Dental experts have always stressed the importance of flossing at least once a day. It is meant to remove plaque, prevent cavities and heart disease that can result from failure to practice this daily oral hygiene routine.
Most people, when they hear the words dental floss, acknowledge knowing the product right away. Most, however, are only familiar with the usual white floss in a self-dispensing plastic container that they often buy at the supermarket.
Today, though, this dental product comes in a variety of colors, materials and even flavors. In the early days, it was made from silk fibers to form a long flexible strand. These days, nylon filaments or plastic monofilaments are the most common materials being used.
It should be noted, that the floss is different from the so-called interdental cleaners. The latter are usually special wooden or plastic picks (also known as toothpicks), sticks or brushes also used to remove food stuck in between the teeth. [Read more…]