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Upon entering my thirties, I got a serious dose of reality when it came to aging. My body was changing, my hairline was betraying me, and my skin was just not as firm as it used to be. I quickly realized it was time to get serious about taking care of myself. And after a trip to the dentist — an expensive one — I knew I also needed to step up my oral hygiene. Lackluster brushing twice a day and a quick swish of mouthwash were no longer going to cut it.
I made the switch to an electric toothbrush, the recommended method for those looking for more efficient and effective cleaning. But when it came to flossing, it was hard to get into the daily habit. Standard floss just felt like a hassle, floss picks were better but equally arduous — but then I heard all the buzz over the newest way to floss.
- Charge lasts for one whole month
- Simple to use
- Floss head is easy to attach and remove
- Floss heads can be recycled
We don't like
- Refill floss heads are pricey
- Only available in black color
- Floss head can rip between teeth
The Buzz On Electric Flossing
After learning that about 30% of Americans don’t floss weekly, I initially felt a sense of relief. “Well, at least I’m doing better than them,” I thought. It also became clear why Flaus' Co-Founder and CEO, Samantha Coxe, created this product: to help make flossing easier and get those non-flossers to make it a regular habit. She herself underwent an unpleasant trip to the dentist, and learned the importance of embracing flossing firsthand. She set out to engineer a flosser with the same appeal, ease, and effectiveness as the electric toothbrush.
As the world’s first electric flosser, Flaus combines dental floss with patented technology. Operating at 10,000 sonic vibrations per minute, it amps up the flossing experience and claims to be a more comfortable and gentle dental experience. Besides the tech component behind Flaus, it also boasts the bona fides of being both accessible and sustainable. The device can be used with just one hand and has an ergonomic handle that is easier to use for those with dexterity issues. Plus, the floss heads are made of recycled plastic (reducing the amount of floss normally used by 95%!) and can be returned to the brand to be fully upcycled.
Embracing “Oral Beauty”
Don’t call it dental care. Yes, Flaus aims to improve your teeth and gums (and help prevent further oral issues in the future). But they are also looking to facilitate “oral beauty,” which they describe as “ the space between traditional oral care and traditional beauty products." Think of it as accessorizing and investing in your mouth as much as you would your hair, skin, or nails.
A mission to make mouths more beautiful certainly sounds admirable, but the question remained: could Flaus actually take an activity I dread and turn it into a ritual I would embrace nightly? I was about to find out.
Determining If I’m DTF (Down To Flaus)
The folks at Flaus generously provided me with the Flosser Starter Kit, which includes the reusable electric flosser, a 3-month supply of floss heads, a USB-C charging cable and a handy magnetic mirror mount. It all came packaged in an eye-catching green box, along with simple illustrated instructions to get me started. After charging the Flaus device (which took about 30 minutes), I was ready to give it a test run during my bedtime routine.
The floss head attached easily with a quick snap, and much like an electric toothbrush, the entire device produces a rapid vibration, from base to floss head. What is slightly different about Flaus, when compared to regular floss or a pick, is the device has a bite pad that you rest on your top or bottom teeth to guide the floss and provide some leverage.
For most of my teeth, Flaus worked its magic removing food particles and gum gunk. The added vibrations definitely enhanced the process, and the long handle made it easier to get back in my mouth. For some of my molars in the back, which are particularly tight, the floss head did get stuck in between, causing the floss to rip when pulled out. But overall, I was pleased with the effectiveness and this new flossing experience.
The Floss Of The Future?
After using Flaus for a month, I definitely got accustomed to this new “oral beauty” experience. Was I enthusiastically embracing flossing? Well, not quite. But I was actually doing it, and much more regularly than I had been. And Flaus was responsible for that! So, if you’re looking for a way to make flossing a little bit easier, Flaus is certainly a worthwhile way to invest in your mouth. Is it the future of flossing? I’m not sure. But is it a great way to improve the future of your teeth and gums? Absolutely.