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Flossing

If you are not familiar with dental floss then it is easy to assume that there is only the one type but you’d be wrong. There are in fact several types of dental floss which include:


  • Waxed and unwaxed floss
  • Teflon floss
  • Thread floss
  • Flavoured (e.g. mint) and unflavoured floss
  • Tape floss (also known as ‘dental tape’)
  • These all have the same thing in common: they are soft, flexible and easy to use.



Thread, Teflon and waxed/unwaxed floss is thin whereas dental tape is thicker. Your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to recommend the most suitable floss for you. You may have to try several varieties until you find the one that suits you best. It is usually a case of personal preference. Floss is also available in different ‘shapes’ which is spongy, flattened or round. There is also a variety called ‘superfloss’ which is a combination of all three.