A member asked:

How to prevent floss from breaking off between your teeth? the teeth in the back of my mouth are extremely crowded, and and floss often breaks off between them when i try to floss. is there anything i can do to prevent this, or any kind of different floss

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Jonathan Scharf answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Be certain to use a waxed floss. I question why this is happening. It could be rough fillings, decay, or calculus (tarter) buildup between the teeth. These should all be checked out and remedied.

Answered Oct 3, 2016


Dr. Alan Zweig answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

You should check with your dentist to see why this is happening. Are there rough fillings that are causing this? Use a thicker floss than you do. Use waxed floss or dental tape. They are more durable.

Answered Oct 4, 2016



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