Is Whitening Floss The Real Thing?

DentalflossAre you a regular flosser? If so you are in the minority. Just over 40 percent of Americans floss once a day. Flossing is an important part of your dental hygiene. It removes food debris, bacteria, and plaque from between your teeth where your tooth brush can’t reach. Most cavities begin between your teeth, so flossing is an important measure against tooth decay and gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease). Tooth whitening has become a multi-billion dollar business. Couple that with the importance of flossing and it is no wonder that whitening floss has been developed. But, if floss is only used between your teeth, how can it whiten your teeth? Read on to find out if whitening floss is the real thing.

Whitening Products

Today there are a variety of whitening products on the market: whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, whitening strips, whitening pens, and now floss. How exactly does whitening floss work? Whitening flosses are treated in one of several ways. They can be coated with microscopic abrasive silica particles used to help remove stains, and/or are treated with calcium peroxide to help remove tooth discoloration. Because floss is only used between your teeth, it can help remove stains between your teeth which can make your smile look brighter and whiter. Whitening floss, of course, does not bleach the outward surfaces of your teeth, but it helps create the appearance that they have been.

Gum Health and Tooth Appearance

Believe it or not, when your gums are healthy, your teeth look healthier and whiter. Flossing helps keep your gums in a state of good health by keeping them free from bacterial plaque which causes gingivitis and can lead to periodontal disease. Flossing daily can help keep your gums firm, pink, and healthy making your teeth look brighter.


Dr. Quinn Smith is a well-respected and highly experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and he offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work that he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111.