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Our Top Pick
Silky smooth floss combined with a strong, robust handling arm makes Oral B Glide Floss Picks our favorite choice.
A Problem To Solve
Look, if you’re anything like me, you hate flossing. It’s a hassle, trying to weave that string between your teeth, often having to jam both hands in your mouth to reach your back teeth. Not to mention that floss string itself is often rough and the sensation of running it between your teeth is uncomfortable. And given how difficult it is, it is easy to feel like you’re not really accomplishing anything with that little piece of string. After all, what’s the point of flossing if you can’t even reach most of your teeth?
Unfortunately, flossing is a necessary hassle. Dentists recommend flossing at least once a day, because plaque builds up easily in the areas between the teeth, and that plaque buildup is one of the leading causes of cavities, and can eventually lead to gum disease. And while flossing is annoying, sitting in a dentist’s char for over an hour getting cavities filled is much, much worse – trust me, I’ve been there.
Still, given how hard it is to floss effectively it’s no wonder that a lot of people just decide that flossing isn’t worth the trouble. Fortunately, there is a product out there called the floss pick (a.k.a flossing tools) that makes the whole process easier, more comfortable, and ultimately more effective.
Floss Picks and Flossing Tools
Floss picks are basically a Y-shaped handle, like a miniature sling shot, with a tiny strand of floss strung between the two top points of the pick. You only need to use one hand when using a floss pick, so no more opening your mouth to ridiculous proportions or cramming two hands in there at once. The floss pick is especially good for reaching those hard to get at back teeth, the bane of so many would-be flossing regulars.
“Wow!” you’re probably thinking to yourself. “I had no idea there was a way to floss that was this much easier!” Well indeed there is. And best of all, there are a wide variety of floss picks, many of which are designed to make the whole flossing process as easy-and comfortable-as possible for all of us reluctant flossers. So check out some of the best picks to get you back in the flossing habit below.
The Best Floss Picks
Scouring Amazon or Walmart for the best product can be a huge pain, so we’ve gone through and picked out our favorite floss picks. Take a look below for our top picks (no pun intended)!
Oral B is one of the leading brand names in dental hygiene, so it’s no surprise they would be on top of the floss pick game. Oral B’s Glide floss is wonderfully smooth, especially compared to the harsh feeling of a lot of other floss types. In fact, Glide floss actually makes flossing feel kind of enjoyable, as hard as that may be to believe.
The Glide Floss picks combine this silky smooth floss with the convenience and ease of use of a traditional floss pick.
If you’ve never been a regular flosser then using a product to make the process as comfortable as possible might be a good way to encourage yourself to keep up with the habit, and just making sure to floss regularly will make markedly improve your oral hygiene.
DenTek is a dental products company that has a wide variety of floss picks available, surely enough to meet any and all flossing needs. If you’re only just getting back in to the flossing habit, it might be a good idea to start out with the DenTek Sensitive Floss Picks, because your gums are going to be really irritable and prone to bleeding when you first pick up the flossing habit again.
Once you get used to flossing again, however, you could move on to the Comfort Clean Back Teeth Floss Picks. These picks offer pretty much everything traditional string floss doesn’t. For starters, they are designed with a special angled floss head, in order to reach deep into the mouth to get at your back teeth, which are so hard to get and clean effectively with regular old string floss.
In addition to this, the Comfort Clean Back Teeth Floss Picks come with a silky smooth version of floss. As with the Oral B Glide Floss, the smooth texture of this string makes the actual sensation of flossing as comfortable as possible, which is a great way to make sure that you will keep up the flossing habit. And as an added bonus, these floss picks come with a special minty flavor to help freshen up your breath while you’re at it!
The Gum Eez-Thru Floss Picks are easy to acquire-they come in packs of 90!-and they’re super durable, so they are good option to for the especially busy would-be flosser. Another brand of pick with an angled floss head designed to reach those nagging back teeth. They’re also mint-flavored, and boast a shred resistant string.
Unfortunately, these picks don’t have a silky smooth floss string, so probably not the best choice for those with sensitive teeth. On the plus side, their handles come with a thumb pad and non-slip surface for the best possible control while trying to clean your teeth.
Children’s Floss Picks and Flossing Tools
If you have kids, and your kids are at all like I was when I was young, getting them to practice good dental hygiene habits is probably a real struggle, and I can imagine the hassle of regular old flossing is especially discouraging to kids.
Fortunately, there are floss picks and flossing tools made especially with kids in mind. DenTek has some fun, colorful floss picks with a smaller floss head to fit in a kids mouth, but any major drug store chain should have their own brand of colorful flossers for kids.
Getting your kid one of these products would be a good way to get them into the flossing habit while they are young, and spare them from a lot of tooth related issues as they get older.
Floss Picks Wrap Up
Well, there you have it. These some of the best floss picks on the market. So choose the one that sounds like the best fit for you and you’ll get back to flossing regularly in no time. Your teeth will be cleaner, your breath fresher and you’ll be able to avoid the dreaded cavity fillings procedure the next time you go to the dentists’ office.