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A lot of people have issues with flossing, I’m a dentist, and I know that everyone hates to floss. Dentists like myself love to recommend products like Cocofloss if we think that it might increase flossing compliance.
There are lots of different types of products you can use to clean in between your teeth. There’s dental floss, there’s dental tape, there are interdental brushes, there are little tiny pipe cleaner-type brushes that fit underneath the contact where teeth touch between the teeth and the gums. You can also use also powered options like water flossers and air flossers.
#1. Why Cocofloss?
“Dentists like myself love to recommend new kinds of products if we think that it might increase flossing compliance. ”
“In most dentists’ opinion, nothing beats good old dental floss.” The reason why most dentists recommend floss for interdental cleaning is that it physically touches the contacts between the teeth and removes the bacterial plaque buildup from the areas that toothbrush bristles just can’t reach. Other flossing options like water flossers and air flossers don’t physically separate where two teeth touch and so they do not have quite as good of a result.
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WHATIS COCOFLOSS MADE OF?
Each string of Cocofloss is made of over 500+ polyester filaments interwoven together and covered with coconut oil. The textured weave allows the floss to cleanse in between teeth, trapping and removing plaque and food particles.
HOW LONG DOES COCOFLOSS LAST?
If you were to use about 45cm of floss per day, one roll would last about 2 months.
You can go to the drug store and get a little pack of floss for a few dollars but that is not going to give the same performance as Cocofloss.
Cocofloss is a relatively new brand. It was developed by a dentist and her sister. They wanted to make flossing fun. I first heard about it from a dental hygienist who was cleaning my teeth. I have some open contacts where my teeth don’t come together very tightly and there are larger spaces for food debris and plaque to build up. My hygienist said hey, you should try Cocofloss because it’s a little bit thicker. It has some fibers on it that are better at cleaning dental plaque and removing the sticky plaque that sticks to the teeth. The coconut oil that it contains also has some benefits. If you look at the scientific literature, people have been doing oil pulling for thousands of years and coconut oil has been known to draw out some toxins and so there’s potentially a benefit in the coconut oil that’s embedded in the dental floss itself.
Cocofloss comes in a lot of cool packaging, scents, and colors. So I just recently got a new pack and it’s based on ice cream scoops. It comes in this fun packaging. And the four flavors that I received. The one I was most excited about was chocolate. And so there’s chocolate, there’s vanilla bean, there are mint and fresh coconut. My favorite is the coconut. My husband tried the chocolate and while it smells like chocolate, it does not taste like chocolate. So all of these we say scents and not flavors because you’re going to smell that descriptor but you’re not going to taste it as you’re flossing.
There is a problem with floss compliance. People don’t like to floss. Maybe they think it takes too long. Maybe they think it’s not important. But once I get my patients to start flossing, they usually stick with it. When you floss regularly and you develop a good technique, it shouldn’t take you more than two minutes. Two minutes is not long to give you a decreased risk for cavities, a decreased risk for gum disease, improved lifespan, it’s a wonderful thing to do for your health. That’s why people need to floss. It’s the only way to remove dental plaque between the teeth and it takes away that sticky plaque that contains bacteria. And the bacteria are the things that cause cavities and gum disease.
IS COCOFLOSS SUITABLE FOR EVERYBODY?
Cocofloss is actually not for everyone. It is pretty thick and it has these fibers on it and so it would be difficult for someone who has crooked or crowded teeth that have very tight contacts if it’s difficult for you to press the floss down between the teeth. Coconut floss might be even more difficult. It’s wonderful for people who have little gaps between the teeth or have what we call black triangles which are spaces between where the two teeth touch and the gum tissue below that. Areas that tend to collect food and debris.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE COCOFLOSS?
Every Single Day, you shouldn’t go to bed without flossing your teeth, flossing at night before bed removes all of that plaque and bacteria and gives you a much healthier mouth. For how long? As I said, if you develop a great technique, it should only take about two minutes to floss your entire mouth.
A roll of coconut floss lasts quite some time. I’m ordering a four-pack three times every two years, so each roll lasts about 2 months. I don’t share it with my husband because it’s expensive and I want to keep it all for me. As far as being expensive. That’s relative. Generally, you can go to the drugstore and you can buy a little package of dental floss for just $1 or two. That’s not going to be the same quality as what you get with Cocofloss.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY COCOFLOSS?
Cocofloss is available in over 1300 retail stores in the US
They do offer a subscription where you can have it shipped to you on a consistent basis. I haven’t personally done that. I think it’s a great idea if you see that you are using it at that rate. It depends. Lots of people want to dry out a big piece of dental floss and other people only use a very short amount of dental floss.
In my opinion, the Cocofloss is worth the increased expense because it has better cleaning ability. I do think that it removes dental plaque more effectively than regular floss. This will lower your risk for dental problems in the future. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. There’s no question that I would recommend Cocofloss to suitable patients.
IS COCOFLOSS WORTH IT?
In my opinion, Cocofloss is worth the increased expense because it has better cleaning ability and it removes dental plaque more effectively than regular floss. This will lower your risk for dental problems in the future. There’s no question that I would recommend Cocofloss to suitable patients.
1 / Many people find it hard to keep to a regular flossing routine. 2/ Cocofloss is a product designed to be comfortable, effective, and fun. 3/ The 500-plus fibers used to make a single Cocofloss strand increase surface area and cleaning ability. 4/ The coconut oil coating gives a soothing and gentle flossing experience. 5/ Cocofloss is quite thick and may not be suitable for people with crooked or crowded teeth that have very tight contacts. 6/ Failing to clean in between your teeth can lead to gum disease. 7/ Although Cocofloss is expensive, it is a quality product worth considering.
Dr. Lara Coseo DDS, FAGD – Author – Having practiced general dentistry for 13 years, Dr. Lara currently serves as an Associate Professor at Texas A&M College of Dentistry.
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