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Floss and Flossers at Walgreens

Flossing is one of the most important parts of your oral care routine, yet only about half of all Americans floss daily. For many, the concept of flossing sounds too time consuming, and others simply never learned how to do it properly. With the assortment of floss and flossers available from Walgreens, you can make flossing easier. Use these tools to effectively fight cavities and help prevent gum disease.

Proper Flossing Technique

Of all the elements of your daily routine, flossing certainly has a reputation for being the most difficult. Like most other grooming practices, however, if you put the effort into learning how to do it properly, you will quickly get used to it and become much faster. Begin by taking a piece of floss about 18 inches in length and wrapping the majority around the middle fingers of each hand so that there is only an inch or two left in between. Grasp this portion of the floss with your thumbs and index fingers, and then gradually slide it between your teeth. Once you reach the gum line, glide the floss around the edge of each tooth to clean off any food particles that are hidden beneath your gums. Repeat this process with the rest of your teeth, gradually unspooling sections of fresh floss from the portion wrapped around your fingers.

Types of Floss

Recent developments in floss technology have introduced a wide variety of different products onto the market. While most flosses tend to be equally effective as long as they are used correctly, you may prefer one type over another when it comes to comfort and ease of use. The standard dental flosses that have been around for years are known as "multifilament" floss. These flosses are often made of silk or nylon and come in waxed or unwaxed varieties. As their name suggests, these flosses are made of several threads woven together. The newer type of floss technology, called "monofilament" floss, is usually made of a single strand of plastic or rubber. These flosses tend to be harder to break, and some people find that they are easier to slide between teeth. Virtually all types of floss are available in several flavors, so you can pick the one that you like best.

How to Use Flossers

If you avoid flossing because you feel like you are too uncoordinated to do it correctly, Walgreens has tools that take the difficulty out of the task. Floss picks and flossers are designed to let you clean between your teeth without needing to hold the floss between your fingers or maneuver your hands within your mouth. These products hold the floss taut for you, allowing you to use one hand to insert it between your teeth. You can choose between disposable floss picks that are thrown out every day or choose a reusable flosser that you re-thread before each use.

No matter how you choose to floss, the most important thing is that you do it daily. Browse the selection of products available from Walgreens, and choose the one that you are most likely to use regularly in order to maintain your healthy smile.