While some flosses are flavourless, some have flavour added to them. Typically, these flosses come in mint or spearmint flavours; however, it is possible to buy a floss with a more unusual taste such as fruit or even bacon.

While flavour doesn't improve the efficiency of dental floss, it may have some benefits. What are they?

Make Your Mouth Fresh

Brushing and flossing cleans your teeth all over, leaving your mouth feeling clean and fresh. Adding a flavoured floss to the mix may give you a freshness boost that you wouldn't otherwise get.

For example, if you use a minted floss, then the mint flavour on the string or tape transfers in between your teeth. As well as cleaning between your teeth, this kind of floss could make them feel really fresh. The flavour could also help deal with the smells left behind by food that gets trapped between your teeth.

Deal With Bad Breath Moments

As you get through the day, the freshness effects of your morning brushing and flossing routine wear off. Your breath may have been minty fresh when you left home, but, by the end of the day, it may smell a bit stale. Keeping a pack of flavoured floss with you may help.

Say, for example, you're going out for the night after work, and you don't have a toothbrush on you to give your teeth a clean. Giving your teeth a quick once-over with a flavoured floss will remove some of the day's food that might have got stuck in your teeth. It will also leave a more pleasant smell in your mouth that may keep you going for the evening.

Encourage Kids to Floss

Not all kids take to flossing immediately. They may find it hard to negotiate floss between their teeth, and they may not fully understand the benefits of flossing.

If your child isn't great at flossing, then a flavoured product may give them more encouragement. They may like the tastes and smell that the floss leaves in their mouth, especially if they use floss with a fruity flavour.

Bear in mind that floss should be a part of your regular oral hygiene routine. It isn't designed to deal with dental problems. If you have persistent problems with bad breath, then flossing may not deal with the problem permanently. In this case, talk to your dentist who can investigate the problem and fix it for you.