Dental Floss Review – Johnson & Johnson Mint Waxed Floss

A really mild, almost missing, flavour built on top of a typical stringy waxed floss did little to impress me or my gums. There was a bit of shredding between some of my really tight teeth, but the floss did grab bits in the teeth fairly well. It was like most floss, easy to use, though I found that it didn’t wrap and un-wrap around my fingers as nice as some other floss. The wax tended to bind so I couldn’t get my super fly flossing technique to perfection. Bleed factor was typical, which is to say minimal.

Ratings:

Flavour: 3/10
Texture: 4/10
Shred Resistance: 5/10
Cleaning Effectiveness: 6/10
Ease of Use: 5/10
The Bleed Factor: 7/10

This concludes my pointless review of dental flosses.

Dental Floss Review – Oral B Satin Floss – Mint

This is one of those ribbon style flosses, and it’s insanely strong. I could probably hold together a small airplane with it. Flavour wise it was a mild mint, which was all right. Texture wise it felt really smooth between the teeth, and it certainly resisted shredding ( or cutting ) as it was coming out of the packaging and my tooth crevasses. Unfortunately it’s a bit slick, so it doesn’t do a very good job grabbing food particles between the teeth. I ended up having to do some finger gymnastics to get the floss angled to pull out bits in the molars. Since I had to double floss a number of areas it’s less easy to use, though it did wrap around the fingers and stay in place quite nicely. Bleed factor nominal, about average for flossing.

Ratings:

Flavour: 5/10
Texture: 5/10
Shred Resistance: 9/10
Cleaning Effectiveness: 3/10
Ease of Use: 3/10
The Bleed Factor: 7/10

Dental Floss Review – Johnson & Johnson Reach Total Care Easy Sliding Dental Floss

This floss takes the win for longest name and most branding shoved on a package in the bunch, the marketing team must have felt more words would make the floss better. It doesn’t. The package also commits a design sin, having 5 fonts on it.

Remember those old wax candies filled with sugar water? This floss tastes like a slightly minty version of the wax. Texture wise it is elasticized, and sort of waxed, so it feels like a waxy elastic band sliding between your teeth. I found it quite unpleasant, but it was very shred resistant. It was also really good at grabbing bits in the teeth, maybe because it’s elastic in nature? Ease of use was normal, and the bleed factor was low.

Just because of the texture and taste I won’t be using this floss again.

Ratings:

Flavour: 1/10
Texture: 3/10
Shred Resistance: 8/10
Cleaning Effectiveness: 6/10
Ease of Use: 5/10
The Bleed Factor: 8/10

Dental Floss Review – Colgate Total Dental Floss – Mint

This floss is weak sauce.

It barely has any flavour at all, which normally I don’t care about but if you are going to make a floss and flavour it mint it should at least taste minty. Perhaps the remnants of fajitas and chipotle sauce made the mint hard to taste… Texture wise it is like standard floss, but a little thicker and fairly smooth, perhaps half way between a waxed floss and un-waxed floss. Shed resistance was pathetic, just pulling it out of the tester pack started shredding the stuff. Cleaning wise it did a fairly normal job, nothing to get excited about. It was easy to use, though it did tend to stick in the more shred-prone areas of the teeth. Bleed factor was good, it didn’t lacerate my gums.

Over all I’d say meh, with a side of hand wobble.

Ratings:

Flavour: 2/10
Texture: 5/10
Shred Resistance: 2/10
Cleaning Effectiveness: 6/10
Ease of Use: 5/10
The Bleed Factor: 8/10

Dental Floss Review – Crest Glide Deep Clean

I’ve been having all sorts of issues with my dental floss lately. Normally I use what ever generic floss is on sale at the drug store, but recent fillings are causing shredding of my cheap-whatever-brand floss. At one point the floss bunched up and wedged between my teeth, a most unpleasant experience.

My dentist ( tell them Marcus Riedner sent you and I get a coupon! ) has kindly given me a pile of different floss samples ranging from unwaxed floss to ribbons floss to these serious looking dental picks. So I’ve decided to review them for; flavour, texture, shred resistance, effectiveness at tooth cleaning, ease of use, and ‘the bleed factor’. I’ll be using one a day during the week ( Monday to Friday ) at lunch to see how they stand up against each other.

First floss I’m trying is Crest Glide Deep Clean, it’s more of a ribbon floss with a really silky wax coating. This one has a strong minty flavour ( “cool mint” ) which is pleasant if you’re into that sort of thing. Texture wise it is very smooth, like waxy ribbon. I found that it slid between the teeth easily, even the really tight ones with new fillings that have been bothering me lately. The floss is highly shred resistant, I tried dragging it along the points of my incisors and it held up perfectly. Unfortunately it did not seem to be as grabby when it came to food particles, so I ended up having to jimmy it about a bit more, making it harder to use. In terms of ‘the bleed factor’ hardly a drip, though around my really sensitive teeth there was a bit.

Over all I like it much better then the generic floss I have been using.

Ratings:

Flavour: 7/10
Texture: 7/10
Shred Resistance: 9/10
Cleaning Effectiveness: 4/10
Ease of Use: 5/10
The Bleed Factor: 8/10