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It’s important to clean each tooth and your gums with a daily flossing habit. While it has been said that antiseptic mouthwash can effectively remove lingering particles from your teeth, it is no substitute for flossing, which is the best way to clean plaque and food particles from your smile.

You can choose different flossing products, including nylon and monofilament types, but waxed and unwaxed are the biggest choice to make when you floss. We explain the main differences between waxed and unwaxed dental floss for you to determine which product seems best suited for your smile.

Unwaxed floss is made of plain monofilament material free of any waxy layer of coating that is added to different floss products. While added flavors can be infused into some unwaxed floss, these products are typically plain and are popular among patients who find flavor nauseating or don’t like the taste when flossing.

Waxed dental floss is coated in a waxy layer that helps it fit in tight areas such as braces appliances or between teeth that are very close together. Flavors can be added to waxed floss string to make it more appealing and refreshing with tastes like cinnamon and mint.

Overall, both waxed and unwaxed products are recommended by dental professionals to help you clean your teeth and gum line to prevent issues caused by lingering food particles. Depending on your personal preference, you may prefer one type over the other.

We invite you to call Borsky Dental Group at 513-232-6560 for a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Jeremy Borsky, about how to improve your flossing in Cincinnati, Ohio.