The best choice of dental floss is the one that you’ll use regularly. One of the many benefits of flossing is that it forces you to pay attention every day to what is going on with your teeth and gums. If you examine your mouth daily while flossing, you have a better chance of being able to notice any changes early on and then visit your dentist to head off problems before they become serious.
Most people don’t examine their teeth and gums closely unless they’re flossing, so it’s important to choose a floss that you will use. That applies to the whole family, so you’ll need to choose the floss that suits each person. Children and teens can get in the habit of examining their teeth while using a fun flosser, while adolescents may enjoy a specialty floss such as the Oral-B Indicator Floss that shows where particles and plaque have been removed.
No matter what type of floss you choose, check with your dental professional if you observe any of these symptoms: Red, painful or swollen gums, increased tooth or gum sensitivity to hot and cold, bleeding gums (especially when you are brushing and flossing), pus or discharge around the teeth and gums, loose teeth, a bad taste in your mouth, changes in the way your top teeth and bottom teeth line up, and evidence that your gums are pulling away from your teeth (which might make your teeth look longer).
Even if you don’t observe any problems during your daily flossing, be sure to keep regularly scheduled appointments with your dental professional once or twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination. Be sure to talk to your dental professinal about any concerns you have about your teeth, or about any pain in your teeth, gums or jaw.