Pros: Easier to use than traditional dental floss.
Cons: The floss shreds in tight spaces.
I wholeheartedly agree with the concept of flossing. It's something I believe should be done once a day. But for several reasons, I hate doing it. Especially with traditional floss. I hate wasting so much of it, wrapping it around my fingers. And I hate the way I have to contort my fingers into my mouth in order to hit every tooth.
So now I use DenTeck Flossers. I still don't really love the process, but it's not as bad as it used to be.
What Is It?
Each flosser is less than three inches long, and is designed to be used once. It's a white, plastic holder with a U shape at one end, and a toothpick on the other end. The U shape holds a little less than one inch of floss. The floss is fairly thick, and coated with a waxy substance. The floss is held very taut. The plastic is sturdy, but flexible.
How Do You Use It?
Simply hold the plastic holder, and direct the other end into your mouth, sliding the floss in between your teeth. You can direct the floss up under the gum line, just as you would traditional floss. All of this is extremely easy for the teeth in front. It takes a bit more coordination for the back teeth. But I still find it much easier to manipulate than traditional floss, wrapped around my fingers. Also, because I'm using the same inch of floss over and over again, I like to rinse it after every tooth, so I don't transfer any matter from one tooth to another.
The toothpick can be used to dislodge larger items between teeth, or as a gum massager.
The problem I have with this product is the tendency for the floss to shred. And, occasionally, to break. While breakage doesn't happen too often, when it does happen, the entire flosser is rendered useless. The more prevalent problem is the shredding. So I use the flosser on my wider-spaced teeth, first. Then once they're finished, I start on the tighter-spaced ones, hoping to get through them before the floss is a shredded mess. But mostly, it shreds pretty quickly in the tight spaces. When this happens, I always worry about shreds of floss getting stuck in my teeth, thus I end up throwing the flosser out, and using a new one. So, I frequently have to use two flossers to complete the job. Good thing they're cheap!
About The Brand
DenTek makes several varieties of these flossers. This review is for the plain variety. They also have mint flavors, "fun" flossers (multi-colored, in fruit flavors, and smaller - designed for kids), flossers that include tongue cleaners, and "easy angle" flossers, which have a different shape and are supposedly easier to manipulate to the back of the mouth. See www.usdentek.com for more information.
I prefer to use these flossers, over traditional dental floss. Despite the fact that the floss tends to shred, and occasionally breaks, I still prefer them for their ease of use. I like that they're inexpensive (30 flossers cost a little more than $1, they're also sold in 90-piece bags), and I like that they come in a zipper-seal bag. I feel like they do a good job keeping my teeth clean, and since they make the task a bit more pleasant, I do it on a more consistent basis. I would like to try some of the other varieties - and hopefully discover that the floss doesn't shred as easily.
I would recommend these - especially if you don't have too many tight-spaced teeth. For the wider-spaced teeth, these are a perfect tool. But if you have a lot of tight spaces, you might want to look for an alternative.