Canstar Blue’s first-ever review of dental floss & picks compares Colgate, Oral-B, All Smiles, ALDI Dentitex, Coles and Cedel on their effectiveness, ease of use, taste, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings. By default, brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are sorted by the mean overall satisfaction score as rated by consumers. You can click the arrows at the top of any column in the table to sort by the results in that column. Canstar Blue research finalised in December 2021, published in December 2021.
Colgate rated the top pick for dental floss & picks
If you’re looking to keep tooth decay at bay and your dentist happy – may the (dental) floss be with you. Luckily, our consumer survey revealed that nearly two in five Aussies (39%) floss their teeth every day, while 23% do it a few times each week. Everyone has a different floss-ophy about flossing, but if there’s one thing we all agree on is that finding good quality dental floss or picks (without choking on the price) is important.
That’s where Canstar Blue can offer some guidance. We’ve asked more than 900 Australian consumers to rate the dental floss and/or dental picks they’ve recently purchased (and used) to see how popular brands compare on factors like effectiveness, ease of use, taste, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that received at least 30 responses are compared in our report.
So, what’s the floss (goss)? Colgate was the top pick for dental floss and picks with five-star reviews for overall satisfaction and in key categories.
Best Dental Floss & Picks
Here are the best brands of dental floss & picks, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s inaugural review:
Colgate topped our ratings with five-star reviews for effectiveness, taste, packaging and overall satisfaction. Runner-up Oral-B similarly scored top marks for taste and effectiveness, alongside All Smiles which also rated five stars for ease of use and packaging. Meanwhile, ALDI Dentitex was rated best for value for money, and packaging.
Top Brand – Colgate
Colgate is one of the most recognised brands in oral care and offers a wide variety of professional-grade oral hygiene products including toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwashes, and dental floss. The brand’s dental floss range includes:
Colgate Total Waxed Dental Floss
Colgate Total Mint Waxed Dental Floss
Colgate Total Charcoal Dental Floss
Colgate Total Tartar Control Dental Floss
Colgate Smile For Good Naturally Waxed Vegan Spearmint Dental Floss
Colgate was rated five stars for effectiveness, taste, packaging, and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for ease of use and value for money.
Why should you use dental floss?
While brushing your teeth is arguably the most important step in your dental routine to remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles that coat your teeth, dentists also recommend cleaning between your teeth (with dental floss or an interdental cleaner) to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Make sure to also schedule a regular dental clean with a qualified dentist every six to nine months.
What are dental picks?
Dental floss picks can be described as a combination of a toothpick and dental floss. They typically have a plastic pick with a curved head and dental floss pre-threaded through the opening. Dental floss picks work much the same way as dental floss to help remove plaque and bacteria between your teeth.
Most dentists recommend flossing your teeth at least once a day, but this advice will vary based on your specific dental needs and history. For example, people with sensitive gums or braces may be advised to floss less regularly or not at all. Here is how frequently Aussies floss their teeth, according to our survey.
Every day: 39%
A few times a week: 23%
More than once a day: 12%
A few times a month: 8%
About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used dental floss and/or picks in the last six months – in this case, 949 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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