Dental floss is composed of many nylon filaments which
are bounded together to form a thread.
Function and method of use
Dental floss is used to remove dental plaque from the adjacent surfaces
of the teeth. Please refer to “Oral Care Tips” for using method.
Waxed floss is coated with wax which makes it easier for the floss to
slide into the tooth adjacent surface.
Mint flavoured floss gives a feeling of freshness.
Fluoride coated floss is intended to prevent dental caries from
occurring on the adjacent tooth surfaces, but its effectiveness has not
yet been proven.
Shape of floss
Flattened floss is designed to increase the contact surface with the
Ultra floss is spongy and soft.
Round floss is relatively thinner.
Superfloss contains segments of stiff-end threader, spongy floss and
regular floss. Stiff-end threader can make it easier for us to slide the
Superfloss through the gap between the teeth and fixed orthodontic
appliances.Spongy floss cleans around the appliances and between wide
spaces or to floss underneath the bridge. Regualr floss removes plaque
from the adjacent tooth surfaces.
Please refer to sections “Cleaning of fixed orthodontic appliance” and
“Cleaning of fixed bridge” for method of using Superfloss.
Floss holder / Dental floss stick
Floss holder/dental floss stick is a supplementary tool for flossing. It
is suitable for parents or caregivers in helping children or individuals
with special needs to clean the adjacent surfaces of their teeth. There
are many different types of floss holder/dental floss sticks in the
market. Parents are advised to choose the appropriate type according to
their durability, shape, and handle length.
Floss holder and dental floss sticks come in either a 'knife' shape or a
'Y' shape. They are similarly effective in cleaning teeth. A new thread
of dental floss can be reattached to the floss holder every time after
use. When cleaning the back teeth using a 'knife' shaped dental floss
stick, one will need to stretch his lips to facilitate the access of the
floss stick.Handles of floss holder/dental floss sticks differ in
length. Those with shorter handles are more difficult to use. Therefore,
parents and caregivers should choose the one with a longer handle to
floss for their children.
"Y" shape floss holder
"Knife" shape floss holder
To effectively clean adjacent surfaces of teeth, the floss on the floss
holder/dental floss stick must be taut. Therefore, we need to pay
attention to the tautness of the floss when buying disposable dental
Disposable dental floss sticks
Which dental floss is suitable for you?
You can choose a kind of dental floss or dental floss stick that is
suitable for you according to your personal need or preference. Those
who are wearing fixed orthodontic appliance or fixed bridge can use
Superfloss. If used correctly, any kind of dental floss will effectively
remove dental plaque. The use of dental floss will not widen the gaps
between your teeth. There is no need to worry about it.