This $9 dental floss really cleans between my teeth and smells amazing - here's why it's worth the price
- Cocofloss Dental Floss is a luxury dental floss that comes in four fragrances: mint, coconut, orange, and strawberry.
- At $9, this was by far the most expensive dental floss I had ever encountered, but I decided to try it once just to see if it was actually worth the price.
- My teeth are fairly widely-spaced apart and I experience slight gum sensitivity, but this floss is gentle enough on my gums as it scrubs away debris and plaque.
I've had braces twice and Invisalign once in my life, and while my teeth are much straighter than before, there are still small spaces between them where pieces of food get caught. As any dentist will tell you, the best way to remove these food particles is by flossing regularly. My dentist recommended a specific floss, but it wasn't working. It was thin, felt slippery between my fingers, and left food behind.
Earlier this year at Sephora, I spotted a dental floss labeled "Pure Strawberries" in an eye-catching slightly shimmery, pink package. I was immediately intrigued by the potential for a floss to taste like strawberries. At $9, this Cocofloss Dental Floss was by far the most expensive dental floss I had ever encountered, but I decided to try it once just to see if it was actually worth the price.
While I expected the floss to have a strong, fruity flavor, I was surprised when it had no discernible flavor at all. In reality, the dental floss is fragranced with the aroma of strawberries rather than the taste. The fragrance is not all-natural - a combination of synthetic and natural ingredients come together to create the scent - but it doesn't seem artificial as it is only lightly fragranced.
Cocofloss offers four standard fragrances: mint, coconut, orange, and of course, strawberry. A number of limited-edition, seasonal fragrances are available as well. The turquoise blue, slightly waxy dental floss is relatively thin but obviously thicker than the previous floss I was using. Cocofloss is made out of more than 500 thin polyester threads that are coated with coconut oil and nontoxic microcrystalline wax, which gives it its thickness and slight waxiness.
I found that this floss does a superb job of scrubbing away food particles and plaque between my teeth. Simply brushing your teeth twice a day isn't enough to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth with floss once every day. Cocofloss is the first and only dental floss I have used that really makes me feel like I'm cleaning between my teeth rather than just moving plaque and debris around. As someone who has slight gum sensitivity, I also appreciated that it felt soft and gentle on my gums.
While Cocofloss does its job extremely well, there are additional factors that go into classifying it as a luxury dental floss. Unlike many popular drugstore dental floss brands, Cocofloss is free of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are known to build up in the body and may cause issues with the immune system, liver, and kidneys. It is also gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.
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The plastic dispenser, which is called a "single," is printed with a series of circles on the back of to help gauge how much longer your dental floss will last. You can see the spool of floss through the dispenser to determine when you have 60 days, 30 days, and 2 weeks' worth remaining. Typically, one single should last for about two months, but I managed to use one for just over three months.
Unfortunately, though, not everyone will appreciate this luxury dental floss. While some users, myself included, have found Cocofloss Dental Floss to be a game-changer due to its thickness and ability to get rid of whatever is between the teeth, a majority of negative reviews note that it shreds between their teeth when used. I did give some to my mom to try, and the threads started to separate between her teeth while she was flossing. While this has never happened to me and many other users, whether or not you'll benefit from this floss may ultimately depend on how much space you have between your teeth.
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Still, dentists, periodontists, and users alike rave about Cocofloss and are devoted users, even though it's priced significantly higher than the majority of flosses on the market. Since I loved this dental floss as soon as I tried it, when I ran out of my first single, I bought a three-pack of Cocofloss Dental Floss on Amazon. Depending on the shape and spacing of your teeth, you may love this so-called luxury dental floss or despise it, but it certainly changed my life and dental health in the best way possible.
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