Best Dental Floss 2020

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

Best Dental Floss

Introduction

If you were to wash your car, would you wash the bodywork but not the wheels?

If you were to wash your face, would you wash all but your left cheek?

I am presuming the answer to these 2 questions is no.

Why is it then, when it comes to brushing our teeth, many of us are failing to clean up to 40% of the tooth surface?

The side of your teeth might not be on show like the front of them are, but the gaps between each tooth can soon become full of bacteria and food particles that have a negative effect on our oral health.

This is where flossing comes in.

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What is the best floss?

Let me be clear, there is not one super-duper floss that will be perfect for all.  It is about finding the one that is right for you and your teeth.

Throughout this article I explain the factors you need to consider to help make a decision, but, for those short of time, these are some of what I consider to be the best better options.

Preview Product Rating Price
ORAL B Dental Tape Tape Satin Mint ORAL B Dental Tape Tape Satin Mint 76 Reviews £2.20
Oral-B Pro-Expert Premium Dental Floss, 40 m Oral-B Pro-Expert Premium Dental Floss, 40 m 691 Reviews £4.99 £2.98
Oral-B Essential Floss Mint Waxed 50, Medium Oral-B Essential Floss Mint Waxed 50, Medium 601 Reviews £1.99 £1.49
Colgate Total Pro Gum Health Interdental Floss Colgate Total Pro Gum Health Interdental Floss 89 Reviews £2.95

For braces and bridges

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral B 50 Pieces Pre-Cut Super Floss - Pack of 3 Oral B 50 Pieces Pre-Cut Super Floss - Pack of 3 1,060 Reviews £7.50 £5.84
Dental Floss for Bridges and Dental Implants for Optimal Oral Hygiene - Floss Threaders for Bridges and Implants with Extra-Thick Proxy Brush - Bridge and Implant Cleaners (30 Strands) by ProxySoft Dental Floss for Bridges and Dental Implants for Optimal Oral Hygiene - Floss Threaders for Bridges... 414 Reviews £8.99

Natural floss products

Preview Product Rating Price
Toms Of Maine Naturally Waxed Antiplaque Flat Floss, Spearmint - 32 Yd ( Pack of 4 ) Toms Of Maine Naturally Waxed Antiplaque Flat Floss, Spearmint - 32 Yd ( Pack of 4 ) 11 Reviews
Woobamboo Biodegradable Silk Dental Floss with Natural Beeswax and Organic Mint 37.5 m Woobamboo Biodegradable Silk Dental Floss with Natural Beeswax and Organic Mint 37.5 m 93 Reviews £6.49
Dr. Tung's Smart Floss, 30 yds, Natural Cardamom Flavor 1 ea Colors May Vary (Pack of 3) Dr. Tung's Smart Floss, 30 yds, Natural Cardamom Flavor 1 ea Colors May Vary (Pack of 3) 183 Reviews £17.58

What is flossing?

Interdental cleaning is the use of a specialised appliance -- e.g. floss, toothpick, or interdental brush -- to clean the gaps between the teeth.

The act of interdental cleaning aims to clean the side of teeth, including that hidden under the gumline to remove plaque and bacteria, along with food particles that build up on these surfaces.

Flossing is a type of interdental cleaning.

Flossing is the act of cleaning between the teeth using a type of  tape or string, known as floss.

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Floss is one of the most common and perhaps more traditional products used to clean these spaces, and the sides of the teeth.

Alternative products can be used for interdental cleaning, such as interdental brushes. Both products have a place in the market and many dentists will recommend the use of both.

Is flossing necessary?

As advanced as toothbrushes are, particularly electric toothbrushes, there is a limit to how well they can clean the edges of teeth and interdental spaces (the gaps between the teeth).

The bristles of the toothbrush will reach to some extent between these gaps, failing to floss means you are failing to clean up to 40% of the tooth surfaces.

Failing to effectively clean in between the teeth can over time cause a buildup of plaque.  Plaque grows into tartar and can cause gum disease, gum recession and decay.

Despite this, 33% of adults never floss according to statistics.

Recent news headlines have questioned the lack of strong evidence for flossing, particularly when organisations like the American Dental Association (ADA) remove it from their guidelines.

A 2011 review of clinical studies found that some of the data and links between flossing and plaque removal were weak.

Despite this, leading health organisations like the ADA and the National Health Service (NHS) still suggest that it should be considered as part of a good oral hygiene routine.

The weak evidence tends to show that flossing and tooth brushing seems to be better than tooth brushing alone.

And as the ADA put it, ‘a lack of strong evidence doesn’t equate to a lack of effectiveness.’

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Benefits of flossing

Here are just a few of the reasons why you might want to consider flossing.

  • Cleans the areas of the teeth (up to 40%) that regular brushing does not reach
  • Dislodges trapped food particles
  • Removes plaque and bacteria
  • Reaches under the gumline where bacteria can become trapped
  • Can help prevent tartar build up
  • Can help reduce the chances of gum disease
  • Makes your mouth feel cleaner and fresher
  • An important part of a good oral hygiene routine
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Drawbacks of flossing

Here are some of the most common excuses our in-house dentist, Gemma Wheeler, hears when asking why patients don’t floss.

  • “It is too awkward and I can’t reach the back”
  • “I don’t have enough time”
  • “I don’t think it makes a difference -- brushing cleans well enough!”
  • “My gums bleed when I floss”
  • “It hurts to floss”
  • “There is too much to think about -- brushing and flossing and interdental brushes”

Whilst some of these excuses are indeed valid, a good dentist or hygienist will take the time to explain what you can do to avoid them. Continue reading to understand how by not flossing you might in fact be causing the very issues that make flossing unappealing.

Flossing hurts

An all too common complaint of flossing and interdental cleaning.

The pain and discomfort of flossing, is the very reason many people give for not flossing at all, or as regularly as they should.

But, believe it or not, the pain is normally because you are not flossing.

Yes, you read that right.  Flossing will actually ease the pain and bleeding your might be getting.

It can take a few days or maybe a couple of weeks for the pain to subside and stop, but in most instances it will.

The gums are tender and bleed, because they are being irritated by the plaque.

If you establish a good routine and remove that plaque, you can stop the pain and you will have healthier gums.

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What is dental floss?

Dental floss is a string or tape made up of one or more strands.

When inserted in between the teeth and rubbed against the tooth surface, floss helps clean the area it comes into contact with by scraping and lifting bacteria and food particles off the teeth and out from under the gumline.

Overall flossing helps to achieve a cleaner and healthier mouth.

History of dental floss

If you were to read our article on the history of the toothbrush, you will find that it dates back to 3500BC. It is therefore perhaps not all that unsurprising that dental floss has a history that stretches back many years.

Sadly the timeline for floss is not as detailed as the electric toothbrush with information being unclear as to exactly when dental floss was first used.

However, research has suggested that floss or equivalent tools existed in prehistoric times.  Grooves from toothpicks have even been found in the mouths of prehistoric humans.

Suggestions are that horse hair along with twigs were used as floss.

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It is not until 1815 that American dentist, Dr Levi Spear Parmly introduced the idea of using waxed silk thread as a floss.

In 1882 unwaxed silk floss was mass produced by the American company Codman and Shurtleff.

By 1898 Johnson & Johnson were granted the first patent for dental floss.  It used the same silk material that doctors used for silk stitches.

By the 1940s, and with World War II underway, silk became expensive and the introduction of the cheaper and stronger nylon meant that this became the material of choice.  It was Dr Charles Bass who made flossing part of daily oral hygiene routines, as until this point it had not been widely adopted.

In the 1980s interdental brushes were developed and have risen in popularity ever since.

Today we have a wide variety of flossing tools and types of floss which are explained within this article.

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How is dental floss made?

Made from nylon, floss begins life as plastic pellets.

Melted together and formed into long strings, this is then stretched to increase the strength and length of the molecules within.

The floss then gets a clean to wash off any dirt, it is coated with a wax and covered with a peppermint powder to give the floss that minty fresh taste.

As you can imagine the vast majority of this is completed automatically by machines.

Large spools containing many metres of floss are produced by the factories each day.

The floss is fed onto smaller spools and cut to a predetermined length.  These are the individual spools of floss you and I buy.

Fitted into the manufacturers choice of packaging, they are boxed up and shipped out to be sold on shop shelves.

The following video shows how one type of dental floss is made, in this particular instance, Oral-B’s Satin Floss, which I have reviewed here at Electric Teeth.

How Dental Floss Is Made

Types of dental floss

When it comes to floss, you first need to be aware of the structure.

Made from stands of filaments or fibre there are two types, known as ‘monofilament’ and ‘multifilament’ floss.

  • Nylon “multifilament” floss

Nylon is the most common component of floss and in the production process multiple strands can be woven together to create ‘multifilament floss’. This creates a strong flat strand that can be comfortable for most to use.

  • PTFE “monofilament” floss

There is also ‘monofilament’ floss that is made from just one stand of what is normally a stronger material, teflon or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, the same material used in Gore-Tex fabric).  This type of floss typically glides better over the teeth surfaces, but can be harder to use in tight gaps as it is thicker.

  • Waxed and unwaxed floss

Your basic dental floss is often available with or without a wax coating.

The benefit of the wax coating is that it helps the floss glide over the tooth surface and can make the process and use that bit easier.

Sadly, by adding this wax coating impacts the thickness of the floss and means that for some unwaxed floss is better for use in the tightest of spaces in the mouth.

The waxed floss tends to be stronger than the unwaxed, but more expensive as a result.

The floss is normally sold on a reel that allow you to cut to length the floss as and when you need it.

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  • Dental tape

It comes in varying sizes, but compared to the more standard floss that is thin and round, tape is generally thicker but flatter.

Ideally suited to those with larger gaps in between teeth and greater surface area to clean, the tape is also offered in waxed or unwaxed options.

Tape can be useful when teaching children to floss as the larger surface area is easier for the young to handle and get to grips with.

Typically sold on a reel, you cut the tape to length as and when you need it.

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  • Superfloss

Manufactured by Oral-B, superfloss is gngineered to better suit those with braces and bridges.

This type of floss comes pre-cut, rather than on a reel or spool like traditional string or tape floss.

The piece of floss has a stiff, spongy and regular floss section to it.

The stiff section allows the floss to be fed through and around dental appliances with more ease whilst the regular floss and spongy section ensure appropriate contact and effective cleaning within the gaps of the teeth and dental appliance.

This type of floss also works well for children and those with poor manual dexterity.

More often than not Superfloss comes precut in strands ready to use out of the box.

  • Flossettes

If you struggle gripping normal floss, or reaching your fingers into your mouth, then flossettes might just be for you!

With flossettes, the floss is pre-cut and pulled between plastic. You can grip the handle to pull the floss between the teeth.

TePe Mini-flossers are an example of these, and they have made a handy video showing you how to use them here.

  • Natural floss

For some, the man made floss options might not be suitable or in line with your personal beliefs or approach to dental care.

There are a number or more natural options available today.  Each have their own design and benefits, but try to mimic that of regular floss, but with a more natural and environmentally friendly approach.  No chemical ingredients or waxes.  Natural ingredients and essential oils are used instead.

Flavoured dental floss

Whilst some flosses are neutral in their taste, some floss products are available in a number of different flavours.

Most often mint flavoured, the taste can be more appealing to adults and children alike.  It can be a small step in helping you floss better and more regularly.

Flavoured floss can give you an extra feeling of freshness and an extra confidence post use.

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How to floss

The exact approach you take to floss your teeth can vary slightly depending on the type of flossing product used and the size of the gaps between teeth.

In special circumstances, you may be given personalised advice from your dental professional on how to floss.  Your specific circumstances may require an approach different to that of somebody else.

If you not been given specific instructions, the following steps and video explain how to use regular dental floss.

  • Step 1: Pull out and cut off the reel of floss about 6 inches (15cm)
  • Step 2: Wrap the ends around your two index fingers, and stretch it between them, so it is fairly taught, leaving about 2 inches between the two fingers.
  • Step 3: Gently position the floss in between teeth, flex the floss slightly so it cups around the edge of one tooth in an C like shape.  Move the floss up and down to get rid of plaque. Repeat this for the tooth on the other side of that same gap.
  • Step 4: Repeat this for the tooth on the other side of that same gap.
  • Step 5: Repeat this process for all teeth and gaps in the mouth.
  • Step 6: Dispose of the floss.

The following video gives a good representation on how to floss.

It’s a personal process

There is no one floss or flossing product that is right for everyone. We are all unique in the shape and profile of the mouth.

You need to find the tools that work best for you.

Floss is just one product within a wider range, suitable for cleaning interdental spaces.

It is however the default tool as in most cases it is one of the most effective as it works for most people and is relatively cheap to buy too.

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I explain some of the other types of tools that can help with cleaning in between the teeth shortly.

There will likely be a process of trial and error until you find what works best for you.

Consulting your dentist or hygienist is certainly worthwhile as they can give professional recommendations based on your mouth and their experience and knowledge of the products available.

Addressing the drawbacks -- stopping pain and bleeding

I outlined earlier some of the main drawbacks to flossing.  It is these drawbacks that put many of us off from flossing regularly, even if we would like to be better and more regular at doing so.

I wanted to address some of these drawbacks though, because whilst valid many can be overcome very simply.

  • “It is too awkward and I can’t reach the back”

Yes, it can be.  It will take time and practice to master the technique and for some it will come easier than others.

If you can’t get to grips with it or find it awkward, then consider testing out other interdental cleaning tools such as interdental brushes or water flossers that might be easier and more effective for you.

  • “I don’t have enough time”

Yes, flossing does take time.

Some options make it possible to speed up the flossing process and of course the more practice you have the quicker you become, but in the early days, it will take more time.

However, just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on your oral health, your overall health and confidence too.

If you have to suffer from painful sore gums for weeks on end that could potentially have been avoided had you flossed, you may feel differently about the time taken.

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  • “I don’t think it makes a difference -- brushing cleans well enough!”

Yes, you do need the right technique with flossing for it to be fully effective.

However, any flossing or interdental cleaning is better than none, but if you are going to do it, you might as well do it right so that you can gain as much benefit from the time applied.

The technique is not that difficult to master with a bit of practice. Speak to your dentist or hygienist and they will happily show you the best approach and give handy tips.

There are conflicting opinions over the benefits of flossing, primarily because some studies have been deemed weak in their results.

However, the general consensus amongst dental professionals is that flossing or interdental cleaning has and always will be important in maintaining oral health and assisting in the prevention of common health issues.

More recent media attention has twisted recent medical findings and advice, suggesting that flossing may not be necessary.

  • “My gums bleed when I floss”

This is a common side effect of flossing for some.  But it can stop with regular flossing.

Generally, bleeding gums is a sign that your brushing and flossing routine is not up to standard.

Healthy gums should not bleed regularly.

Gums can bleed if bacteria is building up on the teeth and under the gumline.  They become inflamed, red, puffy and sore to the touch and more susceptible to bleeding.

If your gums do not stop bleeding after regular brushing and flossing for a couple of weeks, consult your dentist.  This could be the early signs of gum disease.

Another reason the gums may bleed is that you are too forceful with the floss and the gums become damaged or suffer trauma as a result of the flossing and therefore bleed.  Being more gentle can help.

If you get a lot of bleeding or are concerned, always seek professional advice.

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  • “It hurts to floss”

Linked with the bleeding in some respect flossing can hurt, particularly if you are suffering with inflammation of the gums.

However, it could also be a sign that you are not flossing correctly or are using the wrong tools.

In a normal healthy mouth, flossing should not hurt.

The dental floss should glide comfortably down the side of the tooth and into the gumline.

If you are in pain check your technique, floss more gently or try different tools.

  • “There is too much to think about -- brushing and flossing and interdental brushes”

This is indeed true and it is for this reason you should try different products and speak to your dental professional to get the most appropriate advice for you, your mouth and teeth.

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Flossing tools

Whilst this article is focused on the best dental floss it is important for you to know that there are a number of different tools that an help you with flossing.  Some make better use of traditional floss, whilst others bring a new approach to flossing.

I list a summary of them below, but for suggestions on different tools, why not check out my article on the best flossing tools.

  • Floss picks, floss harps and flossettes

Floss harps, picks and flossettes are 3 different names for what are essentially the same product.  They are a tool to help with your interdental cleaning.

They are particularly great for those with limited dexterity or if you simply find the normal method of flossing difficult.

A piece of floss or dental tape comes prefitted between 2 arms, much like the sting on a musical harp.

Typically made from plastic, there is a handle that offers up height to the floss that allows you to more easily move the floss in between teeth and different areas of the mouth.

Quite often the opposing end of the handle has a small toothpick to aid with interdental cleaning.

Floss harps and flossettes are generally designed to be one use items.  They are often sold in larger quantities.

Such products are less environmentally friendly, so do be considerate of this when making your choice.

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  • Floss holder

Similar to floss harps, a floss holder holds a length of floss for you.

Unlike floss picks that are designed to be used once, with the floss already mounted, a floss holder is reusable.

You  cut a piece of floss to length and thread it on the floss holder.

In some instances replaceable or one time use floss heads are available for a more convenient and faster use.

The benefit of a floss holder, is that it allows you to reach more effectively the gaps and areas of the mouth, than if the floss was between your fingers.

  • Floss threader

As the name implies a threader is designed to make the process of positioning floss in the mouth more easily.

Ideally suited to brace wearers, floss is looped through the threader, much like you would put thread through the eye of a needle.

The threader is stiffer than the floss, but has enough flex to allow floss to be passed in between and through brace wires etc.

You can see how they work in the following video:

Floss Threaders By DenTek
  • Interdental brushes

Introduced in the 1980’s interdental brushes are a more modern twist on dental floss and in some cases are more suitable for some users, whilst for others they compliment dental floss.

They are particularly popular because of their convenient shape.

A number of bristles on a handle allow for simple one handed positioning and placement in interdental spaces.

Offering a 360 degree clean the different sized brushes fit into the whole space and make contact with the surfaces on all side, dislodging particles and lifting bacteria such as plaque.

I have put together a comprehensive guide together, that tells you all you need to know about interdental brushes and how to use the.

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  • Power flosser

A high tech approach to flossing, this makes use of a motor powered by a battery to move a piece of floss or floss pick in between the teeth.

Oral-B manufactured the Hummingbird, which offered both these options.

Sadly these are no longer available, but Waterpiks power flosser is the best example of such a product today.

Preview Product Rating Price
Waterpik Power Flosser Waterpik Power Flosser 1,648 Reviews £15.93

Such tools are particularly appealing to those who have trouble using regular floss but want to pay attention to their interdental spaced.

The floss/pick is a piece of soft rubber that essentially wiggles between the interdental pace.  Moving thousands of times per minute, the rubber flosser makes regular contact with the teeth and gum surfaces to remove debris and lift plaque.

  • Water flosser

Quite different to regular floss, a water flosser uses powerful jets of water to clean the interdental spaces.

It is the power of the water molecules being fired in between the spaces that dislodge the bacteria and debris.

Waterpik are the market leaders with an array of products at differing price points.

Initial purchase price tends to be higher, but the long term cost and convenience for some can be beneficial.

They often come with different tips to aid different users with the best options offering different power settings and other conveniences.

A 2005 study found that the addition of a water flosser to a daily oral healthcare routine resulted in a 93% reduction in bleeding and up to 52% better at reducing gingivitis (inflamed gums) than traditional dental floss.

Why not check out our articles that look at the best electric flossers and the best cordless electric flossers.

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What the professionals say

As mentioned earlier, leading bodies like the ADA and the NHS still advise flossing or interdental cleaning or some form.

Whether you use floss, interdental brushes or even a water flosser, the choice is yours.

Clinical studies and reviews have resulted in differing opinions on its effectiveness to remove plaque and help to overall better health, but despite some potentially weak evidence in most instances the advice is still to carry out this exercise.

In 2008 Terexhalmy et al confirmed the benefits of flossing but did not find and clinically significant differences between the types of floss used.  This means, whilst the super expensive fancy floss may look and taste good, it will unlikely bring you any noticeably better plaque or oral health benefits.

In 2011, a review of a number of previously conducted trials concluded that brushing teeth and flossing, does reduce gingivitis (gum disease) compared to brushing teeth and not flossing.  But, in this review, researchers found that some evidence was weak, particularly those that looked at flossing and the effectiveness of plaque removal.

Newer studies in 2017, by Lee et al in Korea and Graziani, concludes that dental flossing or interdental cleaning should be conducted at least once a day to promote oral health and does remove more plaque than brushing alone.

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Here are a few quotes from practising dentists.

Flossing is one of the most important parts of your oral care routine -- Eastside Dental

Flossing is an important part of dental hygiene. One should consider it just as beneficial as brushing their teeth in the fight to prevent plaque, cavities, and gingivitis. -- Watertower Dental Care

Flossing is an essential part of your oral health.  Plaque that is not removed from brushing can harden into calculus or tartar over time. Your gums require stimulation, otherwise they can become irritated, puffy, and unhealthy. -- Stauffer Family Dental

Flossing is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities. -- Isbell Dental

Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are all essential factors of proper dental care that should not be overlooked. Take the time to care for your teeth, and they’ll thank you with a sparkling, healthy smile you’re proud of. -- Schindler Dental

Everything we eat and drink has the potential to feed the bacteria in our mouths. Whilst tooth brushing will remove a lot of the debris and the bacteria, interdental cleaning is also important to reach the gaps that toothbrushing can’t. For most people (who don’t have severe gum disease) flossing is the most affordable and easiest option for doing this.  – Dr Gemma Wheeler, in house dentist.

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Popular dental floss products

The following are popular dental flosses available today that you may wish to consider in your plight to find the right tools and floss for you.

This thin tape floss glides easily between teeth and does not give the harsher cutting effect of some floss products.

Coated with mint flavouring, not only does it effectively help clean interdental spaces but offers up a fresh feeling too.

Supplied on a 25m reel, you have a few weeks use from each pack.

Comfortable and easy to use this is a firm favourite with many.

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Oral-B Satin Tape Oral-B Satin Tape 475 Reviews £9.99 £7.59

The 40m reel offers excellent cleaning and value.

Providing a minty fresh taste each time you floss, this is clinically proven to reduce gingivitis and glide effortlessly between the teeth and gums, which being gentle on the fingers and soft gum tissue.

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Waterpik Power Flosser Waterpik Power Flosser 691 Reviews £4.99 £2.98

Reaching where brushing can’t this floss is waxed to help and ease you through the process of flossing.

Shred-resistant, the floss should last longer without breaking but too give a minty freshness as you floss.

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Oral-B Pro Expert Oral-B Pro Expert 601 Reviews £1.99 £1.49

SLiding easily between teeth, this floss has been engineered not to shred.

A 25m spool of dental tape is packaged nicely inside the compact and hygienic container with easy close lid.

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Colgate Total Pro Gum Health Interdental Floss Colgate Total Pro Gum Health Interdental Floss 89 Reviews £2.95

For braces and bridges

  • Oral-B Super Floss 

One of the most highly regarded products of its type each pack contains 50 pre cut strands to allow you to floss effectively around braces, bridges and wide spaces.

The stiffened end makes it easy to thread the floss, whilst the spongy floss effectively reaches in and around large gaps for effective cleaning.

A length of regular floss allows for reach and fitting into smaller gaps that require attention.

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Super Floss Oral-B Super Floss 1,060 Reviews £7.50 £5.84
  • Proxysoft Dental Floss 

30 strands of floss come provided in each pack and this Proxysoft floss is designed to be the all in one solution for your oral health and flossing needs, particularly for bridges and implants.

Built into each end of the flosser is a stiff threader that guides the strand to the position you want it in.

Each strand has a 2.5inch threader and a 5 inch spongy filament that is extra thick and this spongy brush section cleans around dental implants and under bridgework.

Preview Product Rating Price
Proxysoft Dental Floss Proxysoft Dental Floss 414 Reviews £8.99

Natural floss products

  • Toms of Maine -- Natural Waxed 

30 meters of floss of spearmint flavoured flossing ribbon is provided per pack.

Naturally waxed, this product is not tested on animals nor does it use animal ingredients.

No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives are used and Tom’s of Maine endeavour to be as environmentally conscious as they can.

The nylon filament floss is thin and flat and should glide easily between teeth and along the gumline and help you keep your mouth fresh and clean.

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Toms of Maine Floss Toms of Maine Floss 11 Reviews
  • Woobamboo

Made with natural and biodegradable silk, this floss is coated in natural beeswax for a soft and smooth flossing experience.

Organic mint adds flavour to the floss whilst the plant based plastic packaging keeps up the environmentally friendly credentials.

37.5 metres comes on the roll.

Preview Product Rating Price
Woobamboo Floss Woobamboo Floss 93 Reviews £6.49
  • Dr Tung Smart Floss 

This multifilament floss is made from a fiber that is similar to cotton, coated in a blend of vegetable and beeswax for a smooth flossing experience.

A cardamom flavouring is offered from smart floss.

Suitable for those with tight or wide spaces and even braces, this floss stretches and flexes like no other.

Hold it tight to feed it up into an interdental gap and release the grip and the floss stretches out to be wide and cover more area and remove more plaque.

It comes in biodegradable packaging too.

Preview Product Rating Price
Dr Tung Smart Floss Dr Tung Smart Floss 183 Reviews £17.58

Helpful tips

There is a lot of information to take in, so here is a summary and a number of helpful tips for you.

  • Despite media headlines interdental cleaning is still very important
  • Flossing clears debris and removes plaque
  • It gets to places where tooth brushing cant
  • It does take time to floss
  • It can hurt or be awkward
  • Everyone is different, find the right floss or interdental tool for you
  • There is no one best floss
  • Waxed floss can be smoother and easier to use
  • Superfloss is great for braces and bridges
  • You may need a combination of tools
  • Floss daily
  • Speak to your dentist or hygienist for professional opinion

Conclusion

There is more to flossing than you might first think.

You need to understand the different types of floss and find the one that is right, or best for you.

It is a process or trial and error and at times, it may feel like it is not worth it, but the advice is clear, interdental cleaning is important and you should be doing it daily.

I myself am far from perfect at flossing, but I have gone through the process of trialling different products to find what works.

Hopefully you will find this article useful and some of the suggested products will suit you and your needs.

FAQ

​Does Dental Floss Expire?

It depends on the brand and type of floss, so check the container/packaging.

If the product does expire, avoid using after this time. Often the expiry date is a long time in the future, giving you many months between purchase and the time it must be used by.

If you like to bulk buy, in many instances you can do this without fear of it being out of date, but do double check.

Biodegradable products in particular are more likely to have an expiration date as after this time the strength, tase and general use may be compromised.

Waxed v unwaxed floss -- which is best?

It is personal opinion and based on personal circumstances.

Unwaxed floss can often reach or fit in tighter gaps, is cheaper and just as effective.

The waxed floss on the other hand may be more enjoyable to use and work better for some.  Find what works for you.

Floss vs tape

A dentist would generally suggest that tape is better suited to those with wider gaps or larger surface area to their teeth.

The flatter profile of tape can be more enjoyable to use for some as it often glides with more ease, is easier to hold compared to string floss.

Standard floss is better suited to the ‘normal’ mouth with narrow spacing.

Neither is more effective than the other in plaque removal.

Water flosser vs dental floss

The opinion of many dental professionals is that the act of flossing with string or tape rather than water is more effective because the tape is making physical contact whereas water flossers rely on pressure and flow to dislodge and remove bacteria.

However, studies have shown water flossing to be effective.

There are pros and cons for each but in many instances your dentist will be happy for you to use a water flosser if it means you will floss more regularly.

Water flossers can be particularly helpful for those with limited dexterity, making the process easier.

It’s best to speak to your dentist or dental professional for advice based on your circumstances.

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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