Daily flossing is important to oral hygiene because flossing can help reduce the buildup of sticky, bacteria-filled plaque between the teeth and along the gum line. Any type of floss can help control plaque, but if you wear braces, a bridge, or another dental appliance, you may appreciate the sophisticated design of a spongy floss, such as Oral B® Super Floss® or Ultra Floss®. A spongy floss is made of stretchy fibers so it fits more easily around braces or bridges. But even if you don’t have any dental appliances, spongy floss may be a good choice if you have wide spaces between your teeth. The spongy texture will fill the space and it may clean more effectively than standard floss. You can find spongy flosses in packs of pre-measured strands and even in mint flavors.
If you have large gaps between your teeth, flossing daily is especially important because larger food particles may be more likely to get stuck between your teeth or along your gums. And you may not see larger particles if they are between or behind your back teeth, either on the top or bottom. But if you don’t like floss with a spongy, stretchy texture, a “ribbon floss” (also known as dental tape), is another option that is wider than standard dental floss.