Catonsville Dental Care

Wax Floss vs. Unwaxed Floss

Cleaning teeth with dental floss

When the floss supply from the dentist’s office runs low, it’s time to head to your local convenience store for a new pack. You may have noticed that each container of floss is labeled differently. There’s flavored floss, non-flavored floss, thin floss, and thick floss to name a few. If you’ve ever wondered the difference between waxed floss and unwaxed floss, here’s your answer. 

Short Answer:

Waxed floss has a coating that makes it easier to move between teeth that are tightly spaced together. Unwaxed floss isn’t coated and therefore thinner and without flavoring.

Which is Better?

The best floss is the one that you prefer. If you don’t know the answer to that, try both kinds! If you prefer the feeling of waxed floss to unwaxed floss than waxed floss is better for you. Studies have shown that any type of floss is going to do the job. So if one type of floss can do the job better than the other, then it’s best to stick with that kind.

You May Prefer Waxed Floss If:

You may prefer waxed floss if you like how it feels, if you found a flavor that you enjoy, or if floss tends to break easily between your teeth.

May Prefer Unwaxed Floss If:

Unwaxed floss may be the better option for you if prefer a thinner floss, if you have crowded teeth, or if you don’t like the taste of flavored flosses.

Family Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care

Whether you need a wisdom tooth extracted or a professional cleaning, Catonsville Dental Care has the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat your problem as quickly and painlessly as possible. We offer a suite of services including dental implants, cleanings, Invisalign, and routine preventative dental treatments. We look forward to helping keep you smiling all year long. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at (410) 747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.