Dental floss is all much of a muchness. I generally just go for whichever is cheapest, which usually means Boots own brand (this is less than £2). I don't use it religiously after cleaning my teeth, just to dislodge any fragments of food I can notice lodged between my teeth after meals. Bacon and oranges tend to be the worst offenders in that regard - it's always the things you love that hurt you most. I usually carry some in my pocket for just such an eventuality.
There are, I guess, two types of dental floss. One which is waxed thread (sort of round, in cross-section) and one which is tape (flat, not round). The Boots type is of the tape variety, although less wide than some brands. It pulls out of the container easily, and snaps off very easily with the aid of the little metal cutter thing. There's not a great deal else to say. It advertises itself as 'freshmint', but if you can detect a taste you've a better tongue than I have. Seriously – in the interests of this review I just ran about ten centimetres worth over my tongue. I couldn't detect any kind of discernible taste.
My teeth are a bit crooked – some have quite big gaps between them, and some are quite tightly crammed in together. This floss feels better at dislodging stuff that's stuck between the non-gappy teeth than the ones with big gaps. I'm not sure why that's the case. Obviously I'm not going to start carrying more than one type of dental floss to use on different areas of my mouth – that would be decadent. So I make do just with this.
As I only use it when I need to, a packet (or reel or whatever the noun would be) can last for months, even years. When I finally run out of the stuff, probably around easter according to my best guess, I can't see any reason I'd want to choose a different brand.
I'm fairly lucky with my teeth. Aside from a root canal a couple of years ago (NEVER AGAIN!) and having to have my wisdom teeth extracted, I've escaped the more drastic work some people need to have. A few years ago my dentist told me that I did need to start flossing though, so since then I've tried to be good and floss at least once a day. I don't always remember, but I do my best! I have no particular allegiance to dental brands, so I picked up some of Boots' own waxed freshmint dental floss a few weeks ago.
Boots dental floss comes in a cardboard-backed blister pack. My 50 metre pack cost £1.89. The floss itself comes packed in a roll inside a plastic capsule which has a fliptop lid. Inside the lid is the dispensing hole for the floss and a little metal cutting fitting. The capsule has a see-through window strip.
The floss itself is white and made of nylon. It's very thin (less than 1mm) and quite wide (around 2mm). It has a strong minty smell and taste.
I've been very pleased with this floss. Firstly, I like the fact that the package has a little window enabling me to see how much floss is left. Most floss packets don't have this feature and I find it extremely handy to see how much product I have left. Since floss is so light it's a real guessing game estimating if I'm running out of product!
The container's fliptop lid has a little protrusion on the front which is pushed up to reveal the floss, although I find the protrusion to be very narrow and the mechanism very stiff; if I've just cut my nails the protrusion is tricky to open, and in any case I've caught my thumb knuckle on the box several times.
The floss is dispensed through a tiny hole built into the seam around the box, but if the floss end ever slipped back into the container there would be no way to get it out. Thankfully this hasn't happened to me (yet!)
The floss is wider than most, more like a dental tape, but it's well waxed and glides easily between the smallest gaps in my teeth. The minty smell and taste are pleasant and linger long after I've used the product. This augments the mouth freshness I get from brushing my teeth just before I use the floss, although if I used a non-mint toothpaste I'm sure the clash of tastes could be unpleasant. The floss is kind to my gums too and has never caused bleeding.
Using this floss I'm able to remove lots of particles of food I hadn't noticed before so it's a very useful product for me to have, and now I'm using it (semi) regularly my dentist is a lot happier!
This is a very good dental floss which works effectively. The 50m length makes this product exceptional value for money. The packaging has both good and bad points: the window allowing the quantity of remaining product is a good innovation but the fliptop lid opening mechanism needs to be improved.
I have been reviewing all my dental products recently and this is the last product I have to review and probably the most simple of them all. I say this as essentially it is just a thread, all be it a very secure thread that doesn't break whilst you are cleaning between your teeth as that could get very messy.
So as I was in Boots at the time I did not have a lot of choice, and in fact this was the only floss available with a more expensive non Boots version out of stock. It cost me £1.89 and has easily enough reel for a month's use or much longer. It does really depend on yourself though how long you want it too last. As you may not use it as regularly or more likely you may not use the amount that they prescribe.
In terms of the use they recommend that you pull out 30cm from the container. It is very straight forward to cut as there is a little mettle section sticking out that allows you to easily cut the floss, and don't worry this mettle part isn't dangerous as it is designed in a certain way that the sharp part is facing away from you and the outside of it is completely flat and blunt. After this you then have to wrap the ends around your finger in order to get a good grip. This is where it can be deceiving as you think you have cut enough floss but then after wrapping around your fingers for a secure hold you find that you have not cut enough, but with enough experience you will learn what you feel most comfortable with.
For the actual use of the product you simply put the floss between your teeth. Of course the purpose for this is to removes any plaque and food debris. Over the long term if you don't floss it will cause issues and as I never used to floss I can tell you first hand of my visit to the dentist after a very long time. It was very painful with the dentist using the surgical drill and attacking all the gaps between my teeth. I never want to experience that sensation again.
The floss is very easy to use and glide between your teeth and it has very rarely ever got stuck in my teeth and in fact I can't recall this ever happening. Overall it is a staple product in my cabinet and one that I try to use as often as possible. If not every day than at least a couple of times a week as it is important to floss to prevent gum issues and tooth decay. I can highly recommend this however I will be on the lookout to try out other Floss products to see if they make a difference as it is always good to know the competition.
I got this dental floss when Boots did their 3 for 2 offer on all dental which is a great offer that keeps cropping up. When not in the offer, this floss costs a mere £1.89 for 50m so it's actually a bargain.
I use the floss to clean in between my teeth after brushing. Sometimes they bleed a little bit, but that's a problem with my gums rather than the floss itself. After flossing I use mouthwash to rinse. Dentists recommend using floss every day to avoid gum disease, halitosis and tartar build-up.
This particular floss claims to remove plaque and debris which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. As a student away from home for most of the year I find it hard to visit my dentist as I never seem to be home enough so it's really important for me to look after my teeth as they don't get checked as often as I'd like.
It's described as fresh mint flavour, but I haven't really noticed a flavour at all. I know it's doing the job and my mouth feels nice and clean afterwards, but it's not fresh. I've used dental tape before that had a really strong minty flavour which was nice, but it's not something I feel I really need from a floss since I use mouthwash afterwards. Speaking of dental tape, I think I prefer floss because you have to get the tape the right way round to get it in between teeth if you know what I mean whereas floss can just go in any way.
I am absolutely amazed at how long this has lasted. I must admit that I don't floss as often as I should; maybe only once a week. But still this floss has lasted well over a year! I use two pieces of floss each time (one for top and one for bottom set of teeth).
Occasionally the floss will split into threads if it goes in a particular narrow gap between teeth, but that doesn't happen often and it has never completely split in half which has happened to me with dental tape before.
Next time I need to buy floss I might invest in a slightly higher quality brand since dental hygiene is really important and a specific dental brand like Oral-B might have better protection. This might be me just getting suckered into branding, but when it comes to the health of my teeth I don't mind paying a bit more.
My mum takes very good care of her teeth, brushing them after every meal when she can, so when I was growing up, dental floss was something taht was always there in the bathroom cupboard, and something I started to regularly use as well, after watching my mum using it practically every night as she got ready for bed.
I have only ever bought this boots dental floss freshmint, as my Mum tried others at times when the boots brand was out of stock, but none compared in terms of quality and price.
So when my husband and I got our own house, one of the things that I made sure to have in our bathroom cupboard as dental floss and particularly Boots Dental Floss Freshmint, which comes in a quantity of 50m, for £1.89. It is part of the Boots Smile range of toothcare, and comes as a small rounded white box.
I have always found this particular dental floss extremely easy to use, as it can be pulled out without trouble and cuts well at the length you desire. Although neither hubby or I use it every night, I have found that this dental floss seems to last a long time, and in the space of a couple of years, we are only on our second box of floss.
The floss itself is waxed, and on the packaging, Boots claim that this product 'gently removes plaque and food debris from between teeth'. It also quotes that it contains flouride, and is suitable for people with wider spaces between their teeth. In also details the problems that you can have if you don't remove the plaque that can build up between the teeth, such as gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. There are also instructions for use on the reverse of the packet, but it is not difficult to work out how to use this floss.
My husband never used floss before he was married, and it was only when his dentist recommended using floss that he started to use mine. Within a matter of days he noticed a big difference in his teeth. When I take the time to use this floss, I also feel my teeth a lot cleaner, and better cared for, however, I'm sure like a lot of people, I don't always have the time to spend using the floss morning and night, and often rely on it to remove obvious food or plaque that the toothbrush has not cleared away.
All in all, I highly recommend this boots dental floss. I feel that is is good value for the length of time that is lasts, albeit that I am not using it everyday. It is simple to use, easy to cut off, and really does remove the visible food remains and plaque between teeth, whilst leaving a subtle minty fresh taste in your mouth. A must for any bathroom cupboard.
I like to try and take care of my teeth but one thing that I have never really done before is floss my teeth. My teeth are in quite good condition with no gaps so I have used the thin variety of this recently to try and keep on top of my dental health.
There is 50 metres for £1.89 from Boots Stores or boots.co.uk and I think that this is quite a reasonable price, however, I have not seen many other cheap versions of this so couldn't say it's definitely a reasonable price! I'd advise shopping around.
The packaging is simple and it comes in a white & blue little pot with a flip top lid where the floss is already poking out and it's very simple but effective packaging.
To use this floss you simply open up the flip top lid and pull off a foot or so of floss. Then wind it around your fingers and clean in between your teeth with it. It is very easy to use & works well. Use a small section to clean each tooth and always use a clean section each time.
The floss is fairly well coated and it is quite a nice fresh mint flavour so it's not horrible to use. It's nice to know that I'm helping to look after my teeth as much as possible and it is something that I will continue to use regularly. The mint does peel away quite easily and that was the only downside to using this product as I don't like the feeling of little bits get stuck between my teeth or in my mouth and I use this in the mornings normally and I tend to feel unwell most mornings so this isn't best to help prevent me from gagging.
I am a fan of this product so I will be rating it 3/5 and have knocked off a couple of stars because I don't think that this is the best product I am ever going to find, it could have a stronger mint taste & the flaky parts were off putting for me. Other than that it does what it's supposed to do and it's not a bad product.