Top 6 Best Floss Picks Review 2023
Dentist Tested and Reviewed | Time to Read: 13 mins
By: Dr. Advocate
Updated: January 30, 2023
Did you know that as few as 10% of Americans floss daily? According to a study from the American Dental Association, 73% of people would rather go grocery shopping than floss their teeth, and 27% of people are dishonest with their dentist about how often they floss their teeth. So it’s no surprise that flossing is a difficult habit to maintain. Unfortunately, brushing alone is ineffective at removing plaque, especially between the teeth. Fortunately, many ways to effectively clean between teeth include string floss, water flossers, air flossers, and floss picks.Related: Top 8 Best Dental Floss Review 2023
If daily flossing has been difficult for you to maintain, various floss picks are available. Floss picks are easier to maneuver in the mouth, portable, and multifunctional. For example, most floss picks feature a pointed end to remove stubborn food between teeth, similar to a toothpick. Alternatively, interdental brushes feature a brush end to whisk away more dental plaque.
Let’s take a closer look at the Top 6 Best Floss Picks, from a dentist’s perspective.
Tested and Reviewed
We highlight each product’s unique, advertised benefits, identify their pros and cons and score each from 1 to 5 based on four categories. The floss pick with the highest score is crowned the overall champion; however, we’ll also give suggested patient benefits for each product. Prices listed are subject to change and discussed in each review, however they were not considered within the scoring criteria.
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DenTek Advanced Clean Floss Picks
DenTek Advanced Clean Floss Picks offers the thinnest, strongest floss that won’t break or shred. This product is the first floss pick to be accepted by the American Dental Association for its efficacy in preventing gingivitis and plaque between teeth. Also, DenTek guarantees the floss will not break with everyday use or get your money back. DenTek’s products include dental guards, tongue scrapers, and floss picks. Let’s take a closer look at this guaranteed product.
Let’s take a closer look at this guaranteed product.
DenTek has developed a practical floss pick that removes plaque and food particles easily. No shred was observed, and it was relatively easy to pass between teeth. Unfortunately, the handle was slick and difficult to hold without slipping, especially as we maneuvered toward the back teeth. However, it does feature an enjoyable mint flavor that freshens breath. Also, the fluoride-infused floss strands are a bonus to prevent tooth decay. Lastly, the pointed end was functional; however, it began to bend soon after use.
- American Dental Association Accepted
- No-break guarantee
- Mouthwash blast flavor
- Fluoride-infused floss strands
- 200+ individual strands
- Includes tongue scraper
- Micro-textured pick
Best fluoride-infused floss strands.
Plackers Micro Mint Dental Flossers
Since pioneering the first dental flosser, patented over 40 years ago, Plackers has helped brighten the smiles of millions. With its complete line of dental flossers engineered not to stretch, shred or break during use, Plackers has redefined the ease, comfort, and convenience of flossing. Plackers is an industry leader, bringing patients a well-rounded suite of dental solutions, including its diverse flossers, various accessories, and a line of night protectors that help protect against nighttime teeth grinding.
Let’s take a closer look at this original floss pick.
Plackers Micro Mint Dental Flossers are incredibly comfortable to use. The floss pick is integrated into the flosser handle, so it doesn’t poke you when not used. This creative design made using this product much more enjoyable. Also, the floss was effective at food removal, and no shred was observed. In addition, the mint flavor was strong and did a great job freshening breath. Lastly, the handle has grooves for better handling, and the pick is sturdy to prevent flexing and bending. This floss pick is an excellent product for on-the-go flossing.
- Doesn’t stretch, shred or break
- Mint flavor
- Sure-zip seal bag
- Easy-grip handle
- Fold-out toothpick
Best overall dental flosser with comfortable handle.
The Humble Co. Floss Picks
The Humble Co. is a Swedish health & wellness company offering reliable and innovative products that are good for you and kind to the planet. Alongside dentists, they develop appealing products without compromising quality and performance. Each Humble purchase funds oral health projects benefiting children in need. The Humble Co. floss picks are made from plant-based materials, eco-friendly, and socially responsible.
Let’s take a closer look at this all-natural product.
The Humble Co. Floss Picks are uniquely designed with two strands of floss for a more thorough clean. It was highly effective at plaque removal; however, the first strand often cut the gums when passing the second strand between the teeth. Therefore, this floss pick is recommended for people with larger gaps between teeth. Lastly, the mint flavor of the floss was not as strong as we would have desired; however, the pointed end has great reach to access the back teeth.
- Nylon floss thread
- Fresh and minty flavor
- Plant-based materials
- Twin floss-slides easily
- Developed by dentists
- Designed in Sweden
- Vegan and BPA free
- Pointed floss pick
Best twin floss design and extended floss pick.
GUM Professional Clean Floss Picks
GUM Professional Clean Floss Picks is one of many floss pick products with an ergonomic handle, no shred floss, and helpful food pick. The floss pick design is most common; however other products include tight-space flossers, extra-strong flossers, angled flossers, and floss infused with fluoride. GUM’s products are masterfully designed and created to serve dental issues better.
Let’s take a closer look at this mint-flavored floss pick.
GUM Professional Clean Floss Picks effectively remove plaque and food between teeth. The waxed floss was extra strong, and no shred or sag was observed. We were pleasantly surprised by the strong mint flavor and fresh breath effectiveness. The handle was comfortable to grip; however, there was occasionally slipping around the back teeth. Lastly, the pointed end was solid and durable, with no bending or flexion.
- Fresh confident clean
- Extra strong waxed floss
- Doesn’t shred, break or sag
- Mint flavor
- Grip for easy handling
- Sturdy pick to clean between teeth
Best extra strong mint-flavored floss pick.
GUM Proxabrush Go-Betweens Cleaners
GUM creates quality products to make food and plaque removal effortless, including flossers, dental picks, interdental brushes, and tongue cleaners. GUM’s Proxabrush Go-Betweens Cleaners feature triangular bristles for effective cleaning below the contacts of the teeth. This product consists of five different brush sizes depending on how much space you have between your teeth. GUM also offers a separate proxabrush handle for easy replacement of brush heads. Let’s take a closer look at this floss alternative.
Let’s take a closer look at this floss alternative.
GUM Proxabrush Go-Betweens Cleaners were exceptional at removing plaque without snapping through contacts between teeth. It was comfortable to use; however, review the brush sizes before purchase, as they offer five different thicknesses. The antibacterial brushes are a bonus and easily bend to navigate hard-to-reach areas. Also, the ergonomic handle was highly comfortable and enjoyable to use. The proxabrush features a protective cap for easy transport in your pocket or purse.
- Go-betweens cleaners
- Flexible handle for comfort and control
- Triangular-shaped antibacterial bristles
- “Removes up to 25% more plaque”
- Bendable brush neck
- 5 different brush sizes
- Protective cap for easy transport
Best on-the-go proxabrush with antibacterial bristles.
GUM Soft-Picks Advanced
GUM’s mission is to help people of all ages have stronger, healthier teeth and gums by providing high-quality, innovative oral care products that promote optimal dental health. GUM Soft-Picks Advanced makes it easy to clean hard-to-reach areas where plaque builds up and leads to inflammation, bleeding, and gingivitis. They feature flexible synthetic rubber bristles that fit easily between teeth. Also, its curved design enables picks to reach any mouth area. Let’s take a closer look at this on-the-go product.
Let’s take a closer look at this on-the-go product.
GUM Soft-Picks Advanced are available in various sizes, so confirm your size before purchasing. This product and GUM Proxabrush Go-Betweens Cleaners are exceptional for individuals with significant gaps between teeth, as string floss is inadequate for complete plaque removal. The synthetic rubber bristles are comfortable on the gums and effective during use. Also, the handle is ergonomic and features grips to prevent slipping.
- Soft-picks advanced
- Soft flexible bristles
- Curved design
- On-the-go case included
- Whole mouth access
- Long handle for control
Best soft pick for sensitive gums.
Overall Champion: Plackers Micro Mint Dental Flossers*
Plackers Micro Mint Dental Flossers and GUM Proxabrush Go-Betweens Cleaners scored a perfect score; however, Plackers is the overall winner for its innovative design, effectiveness, comfort, and ease of use. This is a great product, especially if you find string floss tedious and ineffective. GUM Proxabrush Go-Betweens Cleaners is the best choice if you have more significant gaps between your teeth or gum loss that leads to food impaction. Also, they have five brush sizes available. GUM Soft-Picks Advanced is also great for individuals with significant gaps between teeth when string floss is ineffective at plaque removal. Lastly, GUM Professional Clean Floss Picks is an excellent choice if daily flossing has been an afterthought.
- Plackers Micro Mint Dental Flossers 20/20
- GUM Proxabrush Go-Betweens Cleaners 20/20
- GUM Soft-Picks Advanced 19/20
- GUM Professional Clean Floss Picks 19/20
- The Humble Co. Floss Picks 16/20
- DenTek Advanced Clean Floss Picks 15/20
* My Dental Advocate product reviews are based on individual experience and your results with the products may vary.