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Waxed dental floss

8 September, 2006

Question:

When I went to the Mikveh I noticed that on the Mikveh preparation paper it is written that one should use unwaxed dental floss. I always use waxed, since I can clean my teeth much better with it, but was confused, so I asked the attendant. She did not know but gave me the unwaxed one which everyone uses there. With it I could not clean my teeth very well, but I used it nevertheless since it looked more kosher. Is waxed floss considered a chatzitza? And what about the fact that i cannot clean my teeth with it so well?


Answer:

Some people feel that the wax can get stuck between the teeth. However, if your experience is that the wax does not get caught and you can do a better job with the waxed floss, you should continue to use it.


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