Nominated for IED award, Shortlisted for Joseph Joseph award, finalist for Design Intelligence award and the Best of Health and Wellbeing Award by Made in Brunel.
Interproximal cleaning - the removal of plaque from between teeth - is essential in reducing the risk of gum disease which can influence health throughout the body. Flossing is the most common means of interproximal cleaning but all current methods have a range of associated problems including user motivation, physical accessibility and waste production. Phloss is a refillable flossing aid that maintains tension in the floss by simply twisting its base. The arms give users with reduced dexterity the ability effortlessly to reach all of their teeth and speed up the cleaning process. To manage the waste, a system has been designed using compostable floss refills. These refills are delivered to people using a subscription service and the used floss refills can be sent back to the manufacturer for industrial composting, utilising waste material and following a circular economy.