Oral-B Indicator Floss

According to the Oral-B Indicator Floss’ packaging:

BLUE FLOSS effectively removes and reveals plaque. La SOIE DENTAIRE BLEUE enleve et revele la plaque de facon efficace.

I’m not sure why blue floss is more effective than other colored floss when it comes to revealing and removing plaque, because I’ve used green and red floss and they do just fine, although I do have plaque that is as bountiful as a container of tartar sauce from Long John Silver’s, so it’s really easy to see and remove my plaque. But I guess since red attracts bulls and green attracts one-legged golddiggers, then blue should attract something too.

Like many people, I floss my teeth daily whenever I expect to make out with someone weekly whenever chicken gets stuck between my teeth the day before my dentist appointment less than I should, but there isn’t anything special about the Oral-B Indicator Floss that will cause me to change my oral hygiene habits. Even if it was made out of gold or had some kind of cross-promotion with High School Musical 3, it wouldn’t do much good to get people, like me, to floss more often. The only things this floss has to offer is a mild minty flavor, it’s easy to insert between teeth, it’s fray-resistant, and it can bring a smile to your dentist’s face if you use it more than once a week.

The Oral-B Indicator Floss does what it’s supposed to do — get rid of the plaque in between your teeth and below your gumline. The blue color does make it easier to see the gunk you’re removing and harder to see the blood from gums that aren’t used to flossing, but again, I’ve used cheaper red and green floss that does both things just as well.

Item: Oral-B Indicator Floss
Price: $2.47
Size: 50 m/55 yd
Purchased at: Wal-Mart
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: It removes plaque. It’s minty flavored. It’s blue. Includes French translation on packaging. Easy to insert between teeth. Fray-resistant.
Cons: Kind of pricey for floss. Can get the same job done with other colored floss. The amount of plaque on my teeth. Nothing special that will make me want to floss more often. My poor flossing habits. High School Musical 3. Heather Mills. Bleeding gums.

14 thoughts to “Oral-B Indicator Floss”

  1. It’s kind of hard to see blood on red floss, isn’t it? It’s for this reason that mass murderers prefer not to use red colored knives.

  2. I prefer to buy little kid floss because it comes in fun flavors. Mmmm…bubble gum and berry….

  3. I floss more often than most because I don’t like getting yelled at by my dental hygienist when I go in for my semi annual checkup. Maybe if you got checkups at the dentist periodically, you would do the same thing?

  4. Flossing sucks.. but then again so does the cavaties you can get between your teeth for not flossing and then the scaling they do to your teeth for not flossing.. even though you brush your teeth twice a day. :p

  5. I’ve never tried Oral-B floss, as I mostly stick to Crest’s “Glide” brand, as it is the only one I can find that doesn’t aggravate my gums.

    I brush, floss, and rinse every day. I don’t find it takes all that long, so why not? ;P

  6. @armauld – I stopped buying floss and toothpaste for kids because of the weird pedophile looks I would get from parents.

    @Heidi – It’s not a matter of me wanting to go in for checkups regularly, it’s a matter of my dentist wanting to see me for checkups regularly. Apparently I am a horrible patient.

    @lex – I wish I had someone could do the flossing for me because I hate wrapping the floss around my finger because I always seem to cut off the circulation.

    @NobleArc, The Lazy Canadian – I’m too lazy to count strokes and if I miscount the strokes then I have to start all over again. I miscount often so I’m surprised I don’t have the whitest teeth ever.

    @Natalie – Holy crap! Your comment has given me the greatest idea ever. Someone should make floss with a toothpaste coating. I’m going to write my patent right now.

  7. @The Unlazy Canadian

    angry bob is not important and you bothered to reply to him. Henceforth, you shall be known as NobleArc, The Industrious Canadian Beaver.


    That statement should have gone with the previous review. angry bob suspects that is how most Subway new product ideas start.

  8. The packaging says it’s an “indicator” floss; and the inset illustration suggests that perhaps the blue color is supposed to rub off if you exert enough pressure while using it. That’s a guess, anyway. If the color’s not coming off, maybe you’re not flossing right? Otherwise the whole thing is just bogus.

  9. Marvo, that would actually be handy. Right now I actually put toothpaste on my thumb and finger and then run floss through it to get it coated with toothpaste. You inventing this would make my life so much easier.

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