Pros: Small, easy to use, nice idea.
Cons: Loses strength quickly and unable to do more than 2 - 3 teeth a pick.
I cannot say that I am one that enjoys flossing my teeth. I know people out there that do, but I am not one of them. Due to this, I keep trying to find better, easier ways. I want an easier way to this than what I feel has been available for year. I don’t like sticking my fingers in my mouth with a string tied or wrapped around my fingers and trying to fit all of that in my mouth to find the spaces between my teeth to floss. I want simpler ways. Thankfully, some companies are trying to find better ways at allowing people to floss or at least allow them to floss more on the go.
GUM brand tries to hit this niche with these “SOFT-PICKS®”. These little picks are very discrete and they are just about 2 inches all told. They have a little rectangular “handle” for you to hold with your fingers. I find that I am able to hold this with my thumb and index finger for the most part. I can get a smidge of my second finger on the handle, but that is pushing it a bit. There is a very thin rod shape that comes out of that handle and it’s just about the size of a tooth pick, but a little smaller. About the last ½ an inch, there is a light green ribbed looking cover that fits over the end of this pick. This would be the soft part.
The pick portion has roughly 6 rows of little spokes sticking out with a total of approximately 20 spokes per row. They are very soft and you can easily bend them over with a gentle touch. As the rod goes from the handle to the tip with these soft columns of spokes, the size of the rod diminishes and you have a very tiny, almost sewing needle like point with the soft green bristles. It doesn’t look or feel intimidating.
I felt really eager to try them, thinking these would be great at work to keep in my desk for a quick clean up after lunch. The package says that these are latex free, so anyone with allergies wouldn’t have to worry about that concern. (I don’t know if all of the GUM brand Soft-Picks are this way, so if you have allergies, please double check the box before purchasing them!
When I first tried these, I thought they seemed really cool. I was able to do a quick clean without a mirror, just pointing the pick between my teeth and gliding it between the teeth, gently. If you have softer gums, these can be a touch painful, nothing major, but you definitely will feel them poking between your teeth and gums. I have very tight teeth, as there are some that I have a lot of trouble getting the original floss between and even these picks. I have tried the REACH flossing tool too and there are just some teeth that are very tight and I really have to force the floss between them. This tool by GUM was not different or better. Actually, I found it to be worse.
The initial one or two teeth I poked the picks between seemed to work well, but the strength of the pick died quickly and the rod between the handle and the pick portion became very bendable, even with just a small bit of force to poke between the next set of teeth to clean. I found the efficacy died quickly. I was only able to get two to three teeth clean and would have to either get a new pick out of the package or move onto the “old” tried and true flossing to get the job done.
I did like how easy it was to pocket one of the floss picks or palm the picks to carry it to the bathroom. That was very nice. They don’t take up a lot of space and don’t need a lot of packaging so that was very nice as well.
This is a good idea executed poorly, in my opinion. There isn’t enough strength in the actual pick to allow you to get through more than a couple of teeth (unless you have very roomy gaps between your teeth and gums and don’t have to use any force).
The price isn’t bad for what you get, but you have to go through a lot of these picks to get the job done each time and then you either have to refill more quickly or you might bore of the concept and go back to the other choices on the market!
If they could make that rod a bit stronger, these could be really great tools to have and use. But, at this point, they really don’t work very well and I wouldn’t waste my money on them.
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