10 Floss Picks That Will Actually Make You Want to Floss

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As far as oral care goes, flossing tends to be the one thing that most often gets tossed to the wayside. Even though we know it’s an important part of dental and gum health, it’s tempting to skip it, particularly when you have to deal with wrangling traditional floss. Enter the beauty of floss picks. “Using string floss can be difficult, especially for people with bigger hands,” says Dr. Sanda Moldovan, MS, DDS, a double board-certified periodontist and nutritionist in Beverly Hills. “Floss picks are easy to use, particularly when it comes to reaching in between the molars.” Plus, most people don’t floss correctly, but floss picks make it much easier to do so, she adds. Just FYI, because they’re so easy to use, it’s possible to overdo it. “If you apply too much pressure, you can cause trauma to the gums,” cautions Dr. Lawrence Fung, Cosmetic Dentist and Founder of Silicon Beach Dental. Be careful not to push too hard between the grooves of the teeth—this can cause lacerations or irreversible gum recessions.  And let’s not forget that floss picks are also portable and easy to keep on hand anytime, anywhere.

Meet the Expert

  • Dr. Lawrence Fung is a cosmetic dentist and founder of Silicon Beach Dental in Culver City, California. He is also the clinical instructor at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry at UCLA.
  • Dr. Sanda Moldovan, MS, DDS, is a double board-certified periodontist and nutritionist focusing on biological dentistry with a dental practice in Beverly Hills. She is also the founder of Orasana, an All-Natural Oral Health & Wellness brand that understands the connection between the mouth and the overall health of the body.

Ahead, our favorite floss picks on the market.

Best Overall: DenTek Triple Clean Floss Picks

DenTek Triple Clean Floss Picks

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Minty flavor

  • Textured pick to fight plaque

  • Approved by the American Dental Association

What We Don't Like
  • Some may not want fluoride

Who else recommends it? NBC News also picked the DenTek Triple Clean Floss Picks.

What do buyers say? 92% of 700+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

These picks tout the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance, effective for removing plaque and preventing gingivitis. As an added benefit, each one has a fluoride coating and a minty flavor. They’re also super sturdy and won’t snap, even when used in between tight teeth.

Material: Floss, plastic | Number of Picks in Package: 90

Best Dual-Lined: Plackers Twin-Line Flossers

Plackers Twin-Line Flossers

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Dual-line of floss

  • Hidden pick

  • Easy-grip handle

What We Don't Like
  • Only comes in one flavor

There are two strands of floss in this option, helping to remove every last bit of stuck food and plaque. They’re made to stretch, rather than shred or snap, and we also appreciate that the pick is hidden inside the handle, so you don’t have to worry about poking yourself.

Material: Floss, plastic | Number of Picks in Package: 75

Best Natural: Bambo Earth Natural Dental Floss Picks

Bambo Earth Natural Dental Floss Picks.

Amazon

What We Like
  • Eco-friendly choice

  • Sturdy construction

What We Don’t Like
  • Pricey

Dr. Moldovan says these are one of her favorite floss picks, a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic ones. They’re made from a compostable combo of corn and wheat straw and a mint-flavored floss. Even the exterior packaging is a kraft paper box that’s reusable and recyclable.

Material: Floss, corn, and wheat straw | Number of Picks in Package: 200

Best Natural, Runner-Up: The Humble Co. Natural Dental Floss Picks

The Humble Co. Natural Dental Floss Picks

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Eco-friendly choice

  • Dual-line of floss

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

For those trying to minimize their plastic consumption, this is an excellent choice. The eco-friendly option features a handle made from corn starch and dual-string nylon floss.

Material: Nylon, cornstarch | Number of Picks in Package: 200

Best Value: Up&Up Floss Picks

Up&Up™ Floss Picks

 Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Great value

  • Shred-resistant floss

What We Don't Like
  • Flavor could be mintier

Pick up a bag of these on your next Target run. A super affordable choice, these check all of our floss pick boxes. They tout a refreshing mint flavor, shred-resistant floss, and a hidden pick that won’t poke you.

Material: Floss, plastic | Number of Picks in Package: 90

Best for Plaque: GUM Soft-Picks Advanced Dental Picks

GUM Soft-Picks Advanced Dental Picks

Courtesy of GUM

What We Like
  • Works on multiple areas of the mouth

  • Long handle

  • Gentle

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Rather than featuring the traditional type of floss, these picks have flexible, synthetic rubber bristles on the end. They work equally well in between teeth, but can also be used on teeth themselves and along the gum-line to help break down plaque in common areas of build-up. Dr. Moldovan is a fan, saying they gently remove both food and plaque and adding that they’re great for people with gum disease or bleeding gums.

Material: Synthetic rubber, plastic | Number of Picks in Package: 270

Best With Charcoal: Hello Oral Care Activated Charcoal Infused Natural Mint Floss Picks

Hello Activated Charcoal Infused Natural Mint Floss Picks

 Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Vegan and plant-based

  • Ergonomic handle

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

These plant-based sustainable floss picks feature textured floss made from vegan wax, says Dr. Fung. It’s also coated in activated charcoal, an ingredient that can help remove and absorb surface stains and improve bad breath.

Material: Vegan wax floss, plant-based handle | Number of Picks in Package: 80

Best Flavor: Oral-B Complete Glide Plus Scope Outlast Dental Floss Picks

Oral-B Complete Glide Plus Scope Outlast Dental Floss Pick

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Minty flavor

  • Glides smoothly

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

We especially love these for on-the-go use since they combine the benefits of a floss pick with the refreshing flavor of mouthwash (they’re infused with Scope Outlast). Plus, the floss itself is silky smooth, gliding smoothly even between tight spaces without pulling or snapping.

Material: Floss, plastic | Number of Picks in Package: 150

Best Long-Handle: Tepe Angle Interdental Brushes

Tepe Angle Interdental Brushes

Walmart

What We Like
  • Long handle

  • Angled brush head gets into tight spots

What We Don’t Like
  • Not great for using on-the-go

“I prefer this floss pick because of the long handle. It can reach in-between places that we can't usually get to in the back of our teeth,” says Dr. Molodvan of one of her top choices. Indeed, it’s more of a toothbrush/floss pick hybrid, helping to remove food and break down plaque as well.

Material: Plastic, plastic-coated wire | Number of Picks in Package: 6

Best Reusable: Quip Refillable Floss Pick

Quip Refillable Floss Pick

Kohl's

What We Like
  • Sustainable option

  • Easy-grip handle

  • Minty flavor

What We Don’t Like
  • Pricey

If you want to reap the benefits of a floss pick but don’t love that they’re not super sustainable, this is the ideal alternative. The compact case comes with an easy-grip reusable handle and a preloaded mint floss refill pod. Simply pop in a new piece of floss every time, and you’re good to go. One refill pod replaces 180 single-use plastic picks.

Material: Polyester floss, plastic | Number of Picks in Package: 180 uses

Final Verdict

Floss picks may just be the secret to getting you to actually floss regularly. The DenTek Triple Clean Floss Picks earn the top spot on our list, touting the ADA seal of acceptance and helping to combat both plaque and gingivitis. The Up&Up Floss Picks are an excellent value option, which we like, thanks to the fold-away pick in the handle. And if you’re looking for a more sustainable option, consider the compostable Bambo Earth Natural Dental Floss Picks or reusable Quip Refillable Floss Pick.

What to Look For in a Floss Pick

Floss Thickness

Opt to choose a floss thickness based on the space between your teeth. If you have bigger gaps, a thicker floss may work best. For smaller gaps, a thinner floss may work best. Each will help you reach where you need to, based on your teeth.

Size

Floss picks should be small and easy to travel with. This can help you bring them on the go and may allow them to fit into your mouth easily. Not to mention that they may help the brusher get into those hard-to-reach areas a bit easier. You don't want them to be too small, but small enough that they can easily be thrown into a pouch in a jiffy.

FAQ
  • Is it OK to reuse floss picks?

    Since you can't properly clean a floss pick, they should not be reused. When you reuse a floss pick, it may add the old bacteria, plaque, and other dirt back into your mouth.

  • How often should you change your floss picks?

    You should use a new pick every time you floss and throw it out immediately after use.

  • Is it better to floss twice a day?

    Flossing twice a day may be better for you. After you floss, you typically remove dirt, debris, and plaque from between your teeth, so flossing twice a day won't hurt.

Why Trust Byrdie

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. After resolving to floss daily (and continuously falling short of her goal), she finally realized that floss picks are the way to get her to do so.

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  1. Bollen CM, Beikler T. Halitosis: The Multidisciplinary Approach. Int J Oral Sci. 2012;4(2):55-63. doi:10.1038/ijos.2012.39

  2. The best floss, according to experts and the ADA. NBC News. https://www.nbcnews.com/select/shopping/best-floss-ncna1295476

  3. Bollen CM, Beikler T. Halitosis: The Multidisciplinary Approach. Int J Oral Sci. 2012;4(2):55-63. doi:10.1038/ijos.2012.39

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