Everyone knows that flossing is a large component of any oral maintenance routine. However, many people struggle with choosing the best dental floss for them. Many people do not know that there are a number of different flosses on the market that are meant to address various issues people face with their oral health. Below, we give you some tips on how to choose dental floss that will be suitable for you.

Sensitive Teeth

If you have sensitive teeth or suffer from swollen or bleeding gums, you can still floss to remove bacteria or food left over from brushing. You should opt for soft floss or one coated in wax that can easily slip between your teeth, and makes flossing less painful and more manageable. Maintaining a regular routine of brushing and flossing will leave your gums pinker, and the bleeding will stop. If the bleeding persists, you should see your dentist as this could be a sign of more serious problems.

Tight Teeth

Often times, people with tight teeth find that floss shreds during flossing, or they have to force it between their teeth. If you have tight teeth, you should opt for waxed floss that is more resistant to snapping or glide floss, which is woven with a light wax, making it exceptionally strong.

Wide Space

If you have teeth with gaps or they are spaced further apart, then super floss would be a great option for you. It is made specifically for wide areas between teeth, braces and bridges.


If you have braces or dentures, you still have to floss. You should try using a specialized floss threader or superfloss, which has a stiff end that you can fit beneath the main wire of your braces. Your dentist will also recommend other oral care tools that can be used to clean the type of braces that you have.


If you have children and would like to get them to start flossing, start them off with floss wands. They are easy to hold, and make flossing simple and fun. Once their teeth get closer, you can teach them to floss with traditional floss.

When Should You Floss?

Flossing should be a part of your daily oral cleaning routine, meaning that you should floss after every time you brush or at least once a day.

Floss comes in all different flavouring, coating, sizes, and specialized uses. Finding one that will be the best for you should be something that you discuss with your dental care provider. For all of your dental needs, contact Slipacoff Dental Centre. Our goal is to not only help you achieve the smile of your dreams, but also educate you on the best practices to maintain your oral health.