Flossing your teeth is an essential part of your dental health routine. The NHS recommended daily flossing to keep plaque and tartar at bay to retain a healthy mouth and gums. But getting the technique right can be tricky, and reaching your back teeth for effective flossing can take a bit of practice. So if you’re fed up with wrangling with bits of floss and would like an easier solution, then our dental floss picks buying guide is here to help.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know, including exactly how to use floss picks. We’ve also compiled a list of our best floss picks including Glide Floss Picks from Oral B, and the Sensitive Soft Ribbon Floss Picks from Dentek from online UK retailers such as Boots and Amazon. Let's get that breath fresh, those teeth clean, and those gums healthy!
If you've ever flossed, you'll know that getting it right requires using both hands and a solid technique to manoeuvre the floss around your mouth and in between your teeth. This can be fiddly business, especially when it comes to doing the back teeth, but floss picks provide a much simpler solution.
Floss picks are small plastic holders that allow you to floss with one hand. This holder keeps the floss taught so you can easily get it between all of your teeth. Being small and disposable, floss picks are super handy for popping into your handbag if you're going out for dinner.
As well as cleaning in between your teeth, the taught floss picks can also be used as a tongue scraper, which will improve your oral hygiene and keep your breath fresh. Plus, the handle doubles up as a toothpick - hence the name floss pick!
While floss picks are a relatively simple product, there are a couple of areas to consider when choosing which ones would be best for you. In this buying guide, we'll look at each one so that you're fully prepared before pressing the buy button!
Most floss picks come in the traditional "P" shape, with the floss stretched across the gap and the handle which forms the pick. While these are fairly common and easy to get hold of, they don't offer the best control and can mean that you accidentally bump and irritate your gums.
On the other hand, some floss picks are in a "Y" shape, which gives you a better angle to get around your mouth more easily. While these aren't as widely available, they cause less irritation and are better suited to those with sensitive teeth.
Dental floss has to work surprisingly hard, as it needs to squeeze through the smallest of gaps between your teeth. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, the pulling action used when flossing can be fairly abrasive and might irritate your teeth and gums.
Many floss picks use traditional thread style dental floss, but if you feel you need to be a bit more gentle on your teeth and gums, tape floss can be an excellent alternative as it is much smoother. It glides through your gums easily while still cleaning out any debris and tartar between your teeth.
Some floss picks feature ingredients that provide added benefits to your oral hygiene - charcoal being one of the most popular. Activated charcoal is often added to dental products to help whiten teeth and eliminate any lingering odours in your mouth.
Another common ingredient in dental products is fluoride, which is often found in toothpaste, mouthwash, and also floss picks. Fluoride mixes with your saliva, which keeps your teeth strong and helps protect your enamel from plaque, sugars and tooth decay.
Most floss picks available are made from plastic. While this material provides excellent value for money, it's good to be mindful of reducing the amount of single-use plastics we use.
With this in mind, there are now a few floss picks available that are made from starches or include added materials. This means that while they still contain some element of plastic, it's much less than the standard floss pick. If you’re trying to reduce your impact on the environment, then an eco-friendly product definitely something to look into.
Having fresh breath is high on the agenda for most people, and it's one of the main objectives of good mouth hygiene. Most dental hygiene products, from toothpaste to mouthwash, have flavours of some sort (usually mint) to freshen your breath and leave you with a squeaky clean feeling in your mouth.
Some floss picks also have a flavour impregnated into the floss so that when you use them, they leave behind a fresh aftertaste. This can help leave a freshness that will last long after you’ve cleaned your teeth and is really useful as a quick freshen up while you’re out and about.
Now that we’ve looked a bit more in detail as to what to look for when choosing floss picks, it's now on to our recommendations. We’ve checked major online retailers to bring you what we think are the best of the best, so let’s take a look at what they are.
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The Humble Co
Glide Floss Picks
Dental Flossers, Micro Mint
Kids Fun Flossers
Corn Starch Floss Picks
Complete Floss Picks
Sensitive Floss Picks
Dental Floss Picks
Sustainable Floss Picks
Adjustable Floss Tension for a Tailored Clean
A Super-Strong Floss for a Superior Clean
An Easy-to-Hold Handle and a Fun, Fruity Flavour
Contain Less Plastic for an Eco-Conscious Pick
Floss Picks From a Tried and Trusted Dental Brand
Stimulates Gums to Keep Them Healthy
Contain Charcoal to Absorb Any Lingering Food Smells
Waxed Floss to Easily Glide Between Your Teeth
Strong Floss Made From Food-Grade Polymer
Pick Holders Designed Using Wheat = Less Plastic
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If you're looking to overhaul your oral hygiene, there are few products that are a must to help you on your way. We've got some excellent recommendations below, but also make sure you have a look through our Health section for even more great reviews and suggestions!
That brings our buying guide and recommendations for our favourite floss picks to a close. We hope you've found all the information you need to choose which ones are right for you. With your new cleaning tool, you'll have fresh breath, clean teeth and healthy gums in no time!
Author: Catherine Torrance
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