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Patient preference for waxed or unwaxed dental floss.
J Periodontol. 1990 Feb; 61(2):123-5.JP

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to discover patient preference for waxed or unwaxed dental floss, and to learn more about individual flossing habits. One hundred patients randomly presenting for routine dental examinations volunteered to sample a brand of similar-appearing waxed and unwaxed dental floss. After flossing an anterior and a posterior contact area with both types, the patients indicated whether they preferred the waxed or unwaxed floss. The patients also answered questions concerning their flossing habits. Waxed floss was found to be preferred after sampling by 79% and unwaxed by 21%. An additional 50 patients sampled a different brand of waxed and unwaxed floss in a similar manner. In this group 78% preferred the waxed and 22% the unwaxed type. A final group of 50 patients compared mint flavored waxed floss with plain waxed floss of the same brand. In this group 56% preferred the mint flavored waxed floss, 24% the plain waxed floss, and 20% had no preference. A combined total of only 29.5% of the patients claimed to floss daily, 53.5% floss irregularly but at least once a week, while 17% do not floss even once a week. Waxed floss was purchased for home use by a combined patient total of 57.5%, unwaxed by 32%, and neither type by 10.5%. An unsubstantiated belief in the superiority of unwaxed floss has persisted to the present time.(

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4th Medical Group, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

2313529

Citation

Beaumont, R H.. "Patient Preference for Waxed or Unwaxed Dental Floss." Journal of Periodontology, vol. 61, no. 2, 1990, pp. 123-5.
Beaumont RH. Patient preference for waxed or unwaxed dental floss. J Periodontol. 1990;61(2):123-5.
Beaumont, R. H. (1990). Patient preference for waxed or unwaxed dental floss. Journal of Periodontology, 61(2), 123-5.
Beaumont RH. Patient Preference for Waxed or Unwaxed Dental Floss. J Periodontol. 1990;61(2):123-5. PubMed PMID: 2313529.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Patient preference for waxed or unwaxed dental floss. A1 - Beaumont,R H, PY - 1990/2/1/pubmed PY - 1990/2/1/medline PY - 1990/2/1/entrez SP - 123 EP - 5 JF - Journal of periodontology JO - J. Periodontol. VL - 61 IS - 2 N2 - The purpose of this study was to discover patient preference for waxed or unwaxed dental floss, and to learn more about individual flossing habits. One hundred patients randomly presenting for routine dental examinations volunteered to sample a brand of similar-appearing waxed and unwaxed dental floss. After flossing an anterior and a posterior contact area with both types, the patients indicated whether they preferred the waxed or unwaxed floss. The patients also answered questions concerning their flossing habits. Waxed floss was found to be preferred after sampling by 79% and unwaxed by 21%. An additional 50 patients sampled a different brand of waxed and unwaxed floss in a similar manner. In this group 78% preferred the waxed and 22% the unwaxed type. A final group of 50 patients compared mint flavored waxed floss with plain waxed floss of the same brand. In this group 56% preferred the mint flavored waxed floss, 24% the plain waxed floss, and 20% had no preference. A combined total of only 29.5% of the patients claimed to floss daily, 53.5% floss irregularly but at least once a week, while 17% do not floss even once a week. Waxed floss was purchased for home use by a combined patient total of 57.5%, unwaxed by 32%, and neither type by 10.5%. An unsubstantiated belief in the superiority of unwaxed floss has persisted to the present time.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) SN - 0022-3492 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/2313529/Patient_preference_for_waxed_or_unwaxed_dental_floss_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1902/jop.1990.61.2.123 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -