The 11 Best Floss Picks of 2023

They'll actually make you want to floss daily

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Best Floss Picks of 2023

Byrdie / Marcus Millan

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 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 Lawrence Fung, DDS, 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.

We conducted hours of research on the best floss picks, evaluating them on materials, pick count, and other features. After consulting with a dentist and periodontist, and considering dozens of options, we landed on these top-rated choices.

Best Overall

DenTek Triple Clean Floss Picks



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

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 between tight teeth. The floss has a silky feel, making it especially easy to use between very tight teeth or if you have braces.

Price at time of publish: $4

Material: Floss, plastic | Number of picks in package: 90

Best Dual-Lined

Plackers Twin-Line Flossers



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.

Price at time of publish: $3

Material: Floss, plastic | Number of picks in package: 75

Best Natural

Bambo Earth Natural Dental Floss Picks



What We Like
  • Eco-friendly choice

  • Sturdy construction

What We Don’t Like
  • Ends are too pointy

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.

Price at time of publish: $14

Material: Floss, corn, and wheat straw | Number of picks in package: 200

Best Natural, Runner-Up

The Humble Co. Natural Dental Floss Picks



What We Like
  • Eco-friendly choice

  • Dual line of floss

What We Don't Like
  • Not compostable

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.

Price at time of publish: $16

Material: Nylon, cornstarch | Number of picks in package: 200

Best Value

Up&Up Floss Picks



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.

Price at time of publish: $3

Material: Floss, plastic | Number of picks in package: 90

Best for Plaque

GUM Soft-Picks Advanced Dental Picks



What We Like
  • Works on multiple areas of the mouth

  • Long handle

  • Gentle

What We Don't Like
  • Can break easily

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 buildup. 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.

Price at time of publish: $10

Material: Synthetic rubber, plastic | Number of picks in package: 270

Best Flavor

Oral-B Complete Glide Plus Scope Outlast Dental Floss Picks



What We Like
  • Minty flavor

  • Glides smoothly

What We Don't Like
  • Could be a stronger material

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.

Price at time of publish: $5

Material: Floss, plastic | Number of picks in package: 150

Best Long-Handle

Tepe Angle Interdental Brushes



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.

Price at time of publish: $7

Material: Plastic, plastic-coated wire | Number of picks in package: 6

Best Reusable

Quip Refillable Floss Pick



What We Like
  • Sustainable option

  • Easy-grip handle

  • Minty flavor

What We Don’t Like
  • Could be more durable

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.

Price at time of publish: $15

Material: Polyester floss, plastic | Number of picks in package: 180 uses

Best for Braces

Plackers Orthopick Flossers



What We Like
  • Ideal for tight spaces

  • Unflavored

  • Resistant to breaking

What We Don't Like
  • Pack count could be higher

When you have braces or very tightly spaced teeth, you need a flosser that can get in between the grooves to pick out debris. These picks have thin yet tough floss that slides between braces and your teeth, as well as a slim handle that's comfortable to hold. As a bonus, this pack comes with a travel pouch you can tote in your bag.

Price at time of publish: $9

Material: Floss, plastic | Number of picks in package: 36

Best Hands-Free

Gfloss Hands Free Dental Floss



What We Like
  • Can be used on the go

  • Comes in multiple pack sizes

  • Gentle on teeth

What We Don't Like
  • Can break over time

We love this hands-free option for flossing on the go. Though there's a bit of a learning curve, once you get the hang of it you'll love using it at work or while you relax. With unflavored floss, it's a particularly gentle option that still gets into all the nooks and crannies.

Price at time of publish: $8

Material: Plastic | Number of picks in package: 40, 120, 240

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 foldaway 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.

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 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 and wellness brand that understands the connection between the mouth and the overall health of the body.

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.


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, or a fold-out option to save space. Plackers Twin-Line Flossers are tiny and ideal for throwing in a toiletries bag, while an option like Tepe Angle Interdental Brushes may be best for keeping on your bathroom vanity. Or take something like the Quip Refillable Floss Pick with you on overnight trips to store your floss picks.

String Type

You'll find floss picks with single or dual line string, which can be helpful at removing plaque and debris lodged between teeth. Also look for floss that is infused with fluoride for teeth-strengthening benefits. If your teeth are tightly spaced, you may want an option that has good "glide" to slide between teeth easily.

  • Is it okay 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 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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