Oral B Glide Floss Review

You might think all flosses probably clean your teeth the same, and it may seem funny even to review flosses. However, different floss materials and thicknesses will deliver dramatically different results. This review will cover Glide floss, the most commonly used floss in the U.S. Many people use Glide floss because it snaps and feels better than other flosses for most people. But does the increase in comfort come at a cost in efficiency? This Oral B Glide Floss review and the accompanying video will cover its essential features and show its results.

What Is Glide Floss Made Of?

Glide floss is made of Polytetrafluorethylene, which is also known as Teflon. Before Glide floss, the most common flosses were made of nylon. Teflon floss felt smoother than nylon floss, and didn’t shred much as nylon when flossing. If you go to my video or article on nylon floss you can see that it leaves a lot of plaque behind after flossing. Glide floss would also remove obvious pieces of food left in your teeth. It was then assumed that this floss is efficient as well. However, without staining your plaque, it was hard to see how much plaque the new material could remove. It really didn’t matter to most people because the floss felt so much better to most people.
Polytetrafluoroethylene Formula

Is Glide Floss Better Than Other Flosses?

I have been doing dental product reviews for a few years so I tested the efficacy of Glide Floss on my own teeth. As you can see from the before and after pictures in this section, or from my video, Glide floss is not effective in removing plaque. In fact it did a very poor job removing plaque much like nylon floss. While Teflon floss may feel nicer to use it comes at a big cost, which is the health of your teeth. In fact, of all the flosses that I have tested out up to this point I have not had so much plaque left behind. Though there is a study that they are about similar in plaque reduction. I have tested water flossers and most other interdental products, and they clean better than the Glide floss. I think water flossers are inefficient as well but the reason water flossers can promote being better than floss because they are tested against inefficient flosses. There are better flosses like Cocofloss and my favorite floss linked to below. Therefore, Glide floss is not better than other flosses and is far worse in my opinion.
Pink Plaque Levels Before Glide Floss
Pink stained plaque amounts before flossing with Glide Floss but after brushing with an inefficient brush.
Pink Plaque Levels After Glide Floss
Pink stained plaque amounts after flossing with Glide Floss. A lot of plaque is left behind.

Should You Use Glide Floss?

In my opinion, most people should not use Glide Floss because it is terrible at removing plaque. Some people may want to still use Glide floss if all other flossing products are not feasible. For example, people with tightly-contacting teeth may want to use Glide because no other products will snap between their teeth. For 98% of the population I recommend using other flosses and not Glide nor any polytetrafluorethylene floss. My favorite floss is superior and can be purchased by clicking on the link in this sentence.
Flossing With Glide Floss Close Up

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