Finding PFC-Free Dental Floss Alternatives
If you want to avoid PFCs in your floss, you have a few options. Not all commercial dental floss contains PFCs, but companies don’t have to label it when they do.
1. Contact the company that makes your favorite floss. This could have mixed results. When Molly Rausch asked the folks at Oral B about PFCs in her favorite dental floss, they told her: they use a “Teflon-like compound in some but not all of their flosses — but a lot of this is considered proprietary.” The old “proprietary” fallback. That’s the same one cosmetics companies use to avoid disclosing potentially toxic ingredients.
2. Switch to a PFC-free dental floss. Lori over at Groovy Green Livin’ has a good list of flosses that don’t contain PFCs, including one from Tom’s of Maine that should be easy to find at most stores.
3. Go floss free. Nope! I don’t mean throwing caution to the wind with your oral hygiene. Instead of reaching for the dental floss, try a water flosser instead. My husband and I recently stared using a Waterpik, and we love it! Instead of using disposable thread coated in wax or plastic, this gadget shoots water between your teeth at a high speed. Your mouth tingles afterward.