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Periodontal disease affects a large number of people over the age of 30. It is primarily caused by hardened tartar buildup at the gumline. This is often the result of an inconsistent daily oral hygiene regimen or a failure to floss at least once each day.

Flossing the gum line and behind your last molar is especially important. These areas can easily trap food particles and plaque. If they’re not cleaned each day, hardened tartar can form on your teeth. This will significantly increase your chances of suffering gum disease.

Finding a type of dental floss that you like will keep you and your family members encouraged to floss each day. Unwaxed dental floss is basically a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a wax coating. While some manufacturers will apply added flavors most choose to sell it plain.

The special coating on waxed dental floss helps to slip the dental floss into tight places. It can be especially helpful if you have tight teeth or you are struggling to floss around braces hardware.  The wax can also be treated with flavor additives like mint or cinnamon.

Technically there is no difference in effectiveness between waxed, unwaxed, flavored, or unflavored floss. It really does come down to a matter of personal preference.

Children who are learning to floss their teeth, yet lack sufficient manual dexterity might also enjoy using a floss stick. The sense of personal empowerment will help keep them encouraged to floss, while also developing good habits for later on in adulthood.

If you live in the North Bergen, New Jersey area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 201-854-5500 to schedule a dental check-up at Dido Kim.