I think I prefer the old style floss picks. I did not like it because it was a struggle to me. Just to pull the floss out, (it looks like I['m yanking it out. between my teeth. When I was able to take the floss out id, my fingers would hit the top teeth or bottom teeth and it hurt sometimes. ( I guess I have a lot of sharp teeth). Maybe for those people that have space out teeth it would be better for them. I must say it does get the edge of the gums better. As for flavor. It is not that strong of a mint flavor.