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      10.03.2010 05:37
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      Dental floss is brilliant if it is well designed

      ** Dental Floss in general **

      Having just written a review about my most used brand of dental floss, it got me thinking what would be my perfect dental floss? I came to dental floss quite late. My dentist started telling me off for not using it so I have only been flossing regularly for the past three years.

      Flossing made a big difference to the amount of dental care I needed. I don't think I have had a single filling in 3 years. The only dental work i needed was for a crown that fell out when I was playing sports so I don't think I can blame that on dental floss :o)

      Of all the dental floss brands I have tried I find I have my own set of things that I look or should that be feel for. Number one on my list of priorities for dental cross is the thickness of the floss. I don't know if anyone else has experienced the same problem but I have tried a few brands of floss that seemed to be too thick and wide to comfortably fit in the gaps between my teeth. Thick dental floss feels like it is pushing my teeth apart uncomfortably and I have found I suffered a little bleeding from my gums with uncomfortably thick floss. So I only have what I consider thin dental floss. If I try a new brand and it turns out to be thick floss I bin it.

      The second most important thing in dental floss for me is how resilient it is too fraying. Some floss only lasts a few rubs around a tooth or two before it frays. Sometimes floss that frays can be really annoying because when you pull it round your tooth it bunches up and temporarily gets trapped in a gap between your teeth. Usually you can tease the bundle of frayed floss out of your teeth quickly but occasionally it gets well and truly stuck. I spent 20 minutes once getting the trapped frayed floss out of my teeth. It was a waste of time and very uncomfortable while it was stuck between my teeth. That is why I don't like floss that frays too easily. I like to be able to use two strands. One for my upper teeth and one for my lower ones. I expect the floss not to snag or fray while I'm doing this.

      Third and finally I like a dental floss that lasts. I floss everyday at least once and my Superdrug floss lasts 2 or 3 months so I'm pleased with that. I found a cheap brand in Wilkinsons that lasted for ages too.

      ** In conclusion **

      I think in order for me to classify a dental floss as being good the strands must not be too thick to fit between my teeth, it must not easily fray or bunch up and get stuck, and finally it should last a few months despite regular use.

      Thanks for reading my review.
      Mike xx

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      06.03.2010 20:07
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      Dental Floss - use once a day for healthy gums

      For me, dental floss is a necessity and I always have some in my house. I buy Oral B Essential Floss, which is mint favoured and waxed. This floss comes in a handy plastic dispenser, which keeps it clean and neatly contained.

      Before I used dental floss on a regular basis, I would get bleeding gums. I would dread going to the hygienist, because as she prodded, scrapped and cleaned along the gum-line, my gums would become more painful and start to bleed badly. On every visit, I was told the importance of dental hygiene and flossing, but I could never get into the swing of flossing regularly. I would start off determined and just get out of the habit. It wasn't until she told me that although my teeth were in pretty good condition, I wouldn't have them for much longer because I was in the early stages of gum disease, that I started to take it more seriously.

      I have been flossing nearly every day since this.

      I chose Oral B dental floss because I liked the fact it was mint flavoured and I had been told that the waxed floss would glide between my teeth easier. This floss does exactly that and it is very comfortable to use. It is very important when you are flossing, to get right down under your gum line, to enable you to dislodge and remove all particles of food and the plaque that gathers there. You also have to stroke it against each side of your teeth, to remove any build-up there too.

      I use a good length of floss and wrap it around both my middle fingers, leaving just enough to pop in my mouth and between my teeth. As the floss starts to get ragged, I unwind and move along to a fresh length of the wax and wind round my fingers again (I hope that makes sense!)

      When I have finished flossing between all my teeth, I am left with a fresh clean mouth and my breath is all minty.

      When you first start to floss, you may find that your gums bleed for a little while. After a short time though, this should lessen and disappear, as your gum health improves. My gums are now in good health and I have no bleeding at all. My hygienist has commented on my improved gum health and I am determined to keep up the good work.

      Most dental floss, comes in the style of a tape. You can also get floss which is pre-attached to small plastic sticks, which makes it easier to get to even the furthest back teeth and gums, which can be difficult to do with your fingers! It is also far easier for kids to use these as they do not have to wind floss round their fingers, which can be quite awkward to do.

      I buy my Oral B floss in Tesco, where it costs £2.50 for 50m length, which lasts for ages. There are cheaper alternatives, but I have found some break easily, others do not slide comfortably between my teeth and gum line and I have even found some so thick, that it cannot do the job at all.

      If you do care about your dental health and would like to hang onto your teeth for as long as possible, you really should use floss. It is not that expensive and lasts for ages and it will leave your mouth feeling very clean, which I love. You will also have less problems in the hygienist chair and healthier teeth into the bargain, saving you money in the long run.

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      20.02.2010 16:58
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      Helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy

      I floss my teeth twice daily once in the morning before I go to work and after I've eaten my evening meal.
      This stuff is great as you can get between your teeth easier than just brushing them as it gets to those hard to reach areas between your teeth and gumline where plaque and food debris can build up.
      I've used Wisdom dental floss for years now and it certainly does the trick to get those pieces of food stuck where you would think you'd find any.
      You can find it in your local supermarket on the same aisle as you would find the toothpaste. The packaging is of a greeny colour and when you take the lid off its easy to get the tape with your finger and thumb and pull it. there is a small piece of metal on there you use to cut the floss and break it off.
      As soon as you feel it you can tell there is a waxed feeling to it and a very plesant minty taste to it.
      It also contains fluoride to help prevent decay (happy days).
      It costs around £1.30 depending on where you buy it from. Your dentist should also sell it along with other health dental products.

      Flossing Directions -

      1, Break off around 45cm of floss. 9It comes with 100m of floss so it takes a while to get through).
      2, Wind the floss around the middle fingers of each hand, leaving approx 8cm between them.
      3, Gently guide the floss between teeth up and down the side of each tooth taking care to clean just under the gumline.
      4, Repeat the process for each space using a clean section for each time.

      I definitely recommend this product to anyone who flosses or is new to flossing their teeth.

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      03.09.2009 00:17
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      For all round dental hygine it's a must.

      "You should never neglect your gums!", or so says Julia Robert's character in Pretty Woman! She's right you know, flossing should be an integral part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Alot of people either aren't that sure how to do it properly or they can't be bothered, but once mastered, (and it's not hard really!) it takes less than a minute to do.

      Dental Floss comes supplied in plastic dispensers that contain on average about 50 meters of floss. To use you dispense the desired amount and then wrap it around your two index fingers and guide it between each tooth and under the gumline and move it backwards and forwards in a sawing motion to remove bits of food that are stuck between the teeth and it also helps to remove plaque by scraping down the sides of the tooth. Without going into great detail, it's amazing what brushing alone misses!

      Floss can be bought in varying thicknesses depending on how close your teeth are together. My weapon of choice is Oral B Essential Waxed Mint Floss, I have tried others (dental tape included, which was useless) but I always come back to this one. It is a thin but strong floss and has a great minty freshness, it also slides in between your teeth with ease. It retails at £2.09 which whilst more expensive than some of the other brands such as supermarkets own etc it is a good all rounder and therefore worth it.

      More and more people are starting to cotton on (no pun intended!) to the benefits of flossing and it soon becomes such second nature that you'll wonder how you ever did without it!

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      12.08.2009 15:21
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      Great way to keep your teeth in tip top condition if you find the right product.

      I have been fortunate with my teeth in that when I do visit the dentist he usually delivers the good news that my teeth are in good shape and no major work is required. In fact he often tells me that I am guilty of over brushing if anything. However he always recommends that I try to floss as occasionally I need my teeth polishing, which although is not particularly painful it is somewhat unpleasant and leaves your teeth feeling rough afterwards. My usual response is to thank him, pay my fees and then carry on as before, however last time I decided to do something about it. So I went out and bought some floss tape.

      I must have spent twenty minutes fighting with the fiddly tape, trying to find a gap in my teeth, before giving up in frustration. I just cannot figure out how you are supposed to use this tape as there does not seem to be enough room to work the tape into position. Obviously there is a technique that I am missing. Luckily my wife came up with a solution after she visited the dentist a few days later.

      She was not so lucky in the chair and ended up with the dental hygienist who attacked her teeth with all sorts of cleaning devices. The positive side of this was some proper advice on how to floss.

      Basically she was told not to try to use the floss tape at all, but to try the dental floss 'harps'; basically they look like little harps and provide a handy way to floss without the headache. She got a packet there and then, rushed home and proudly announced the answer to our flossing prayers was at hand.

      Now I always thought that flossing should be done after every meal, a bit like brushing, but no, apparently once a day is okay. Pick a time that is best suited to you such as is in the evening when you are sitting in front of the telly. So with this in mind we have both cracked open the packet and tucked in.

      So the technique is simple; holding by the handle, the little floss strip needs to be inserted between the each tooth pair in turn. Getting the tape in between the teeth can be tricky especially on the outer ones, and strangely getting the tape out is more difficult than getting in. There is no need to brush frantically once the tape is in place; just getting it in and out is enough. I have found that a slight 'sawing' action aids removal though on some of the tighter spaces.

      Having used these little devices for several weeks the initial pack of 30 ran out and so I picked up an own brand from one of the pound shops while passing; big mistake! The cheaper product wasn't up to the job and a 'harp' would break after only a few teeth or the floss would end up loose between the supports. So in the end I got a reasonably priced pack from Sainsbury which seem to work as well as the dentist's brand. They were called Totalcare Flossers and came in a pack of 24 for £1.40.

      I can honestly say that after using these little sticks the feeling on my teeth is very satisfying. That rough texture around the back of my teeth is greatly reduced and even the process of getting the thing in gets easier after practice. I am due to go back for a dental check up in a couple of months, so hopefully I will be able to give an update on how successful my efforts have been. But on my own crude tongue test alone, I would say that the whole project has been a resounding success.

      Now I must add that this particular product worked for us; as this review is about flossing in general then I must point out that there are other methods out there including sticks and the traditional tape. Feel free to try other alternatives and basically use what works for you.

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        07.01.2009 16:33
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        dental floss can help if you find the right one for you

        I wish that dental floss had been readily available when I was much younger as I believe that a good toothbrush, mouthwash & dental floss are essential not only for the looks but for the purse.

        My husband was faced with a £4000 bill last year by our dentist which made me take even more care of my teeth than usual I can tell you!

        I've tried quite a few makes of floss & it's surprising how much they can vary in price, texture & taste.

        Some are irritatingly difficult to start off as the floss can 'disappear' back into the plastic container, some are quite coarse & can irritate the gums if used too roughly, some taste minty whilst others taste horrible, some are a bit thick & some too thin.

        I don't think the price reflects the quality as I've tried some good floss from Savers & Poundland but some thin stuff from Boots - I guess a lot depends on personal tastes & how close the teeth are together etc.

        I went to Boots initially as they have a wide selection & offer more choice but once I found a good one I 'shopped around' for the best price.

        The lengths vary considerably - cheaper ones can be 10 metres but you can buy 50 metre ones as well (how long would that last I wonder?) so it's best to check in case you think you'd picked up a bargain.

        The only thing I really dislike about dental flosses is the packaging which I've always found fiddly.Either I can never find the end or I can't seem to use the metal cutter so I've ended up with loads of waste.

        I find the flossing process very satisfying - I hate to feel I've got bits in my teeth & after a thorough brush with my sonic toothbrush & before using mouthwash, I find that using flossing gives the teeth & gums the best chance of avoiding dental intervention. & hopefully their bills?!

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          06.04.2008 18:29
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          Floss regularly

          There are some products in life where I think that there is good value at the low end of the price spectrum and there are other products where I think that it is better to pay a bit more and assure quality.

          Dental flosses fall into the second category in my experience and in my view. The reason why I say so is because I have been forced to use dental flosses due to the nature of my teeth. Food gets stuck in between teeth, it causes me pain and also is far from helping my sex appeal to go higher, if you see what I mean.

          I do not think I should spend too much time on these details. As a fact, I need to floss after each meal. In the beginning In used cheap flosses, I got some from Boots, once at the airport, since they were dirty cheap, but the problem with many dental flosses is that they end up peeling and if there is one thing I hate, is to have to recover small pieces of thread, which are stuck between my teeth.

          I now use dental flosses from a local brand in Italy, where I flay once every 6-8 weeks. They are quite expensive, at nearly 6 pounds for one box, but they are very nice, they are waxed and they are resistant. They also seem to cause less damage to my gum, which is another problem I had. In Uk I know that OralB provide good dental flosses.

          I suggest to everyone to use dental flosses, but there are different theories on how flossing should be done and how often. One thing for sure, though, is that you should go in between teeth, but very gently. I now learnt that it takes time to floss. Also, in my old days I thought it was not polite to floss in a public place, but now I am relaxed and I do it.

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            08.07.2003 14:31
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            …a few things I expect to be associated with satin. Dental Floss: something I wouldn’t expect. Around 40% of the surface area of your teeth doesn’t get touched by brushing alone, which is why flossing is also important as part of your daily dental care routine. After some disasters with cheaper varieties, I decided to try one of the Oral B sorts instead since it was a brand name I recognized from home. There were various types available, and for no particular reason I settled on the- ******** Oral B Satin Floss ******** Most floss comes in dispensers of one sort or another, though with too many brands these days they seem to be heading for the extremes: either the mini-cutters are too sharp and you land yourself a hefty cut on the finger if you get to close, or they’re so blunt that after yanking away for a few minutes it’s a case of going off to find the scissors. Oral B’s was a pleasant surprise – it cuts the floss without much effort, but manages to leave your fingers intact at the same time. One of my dislikes with regards to cheaper brands – and one of the reasons I went looking for a new one – is the tendency the floss has to peel apart and become stringy when you use it. This doesn’t happen with Oral B, perhaps due to the satiny wax coating on the floss. This has the added bonus that your little pot lasts longer, as one piece is enough for the whole bathroom session and doesn’t need to be replaced part way through. The width, or rather diameter, of the floss is also important to me. Too thin and you start to wonder whether it’s even doing anything, but too thick and you can still “feel” it for hours afterwards. The Oral B variety strikes a compromise somewhere between the 2. You can certainly feel it at the time (which is reassuring), but the sensation quickly fades so you can get on with your day without being forced to reminisce
            about your time spent flossing every few minutes. Floss, like toothpaste, usually comes with a strong minty flavour, and while I enjoy this taste in my food, I don’t like it in my mouth first thing in the morning. I usually don’t taste the floss at all since I use it after brushing, and it is evidently not as strong as my (mild!) toothpaste. On the odd occasion when I’ve flossed first, I noticed it had only a faint minty taste and was itself rather mild in comparison to others I’ve tried. The last thing I like about this floss compared to others is that it doesn’t make my gums bleed, and I assure you, I’d just as rough when using this as I am with cheaper brands, so I can only attribute this to the floss itself. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the floss. It worked as well as you’d expect it too, but also held together firmly. It was easy to grip even with soggy fingers, and the satin wax coating seemed to eliminate that “eeek eeek” sound you sometimes get. The dispenser was nifty, and the taste nice and mild. I’ve come to the conclusion that floss IS one of those things with which it’s worth paying the extra 10p or so for the brand name, and Oral B is a brand I’d certainly recommend to those who use the substance. I’ve written this assuming that you know why and how to floss, and already use the stuff. If you don’t, but are considering starting, have a look at their website you can find out more about why flossing is important, and also info on the Satin range. www.oralb.com Oral B Satin Floss is available from various chemists and drug stores in the UK and abroad. Expect to pay around £2 for a dispenser which contains 25 m of the stuff. Looking quickly online, I found it at Tesco.com too, for £1.97. Cheap as it stands, and even more so when you think that the little pot will last you quite a few months with normal use.

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              20.02.2002 20:26
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              I have been using dental floss for 10 years. I had a year of gum disease some time back. For no reason it appeared and then for no reason went away. Flossing, I am sure, has kept whatever this problem was/is at bay. Usually I buy Oral B Mint. It is also in a handy little capsule thing (as are all the brands). Always smooth but can break up in between teeth. A real pain. Boots is ok, but I find it a little too sharp. Never use dental gum tape - it really cuts into the gums and causes them to bleed. Tends to shard. However, yesterday I had to go into ASDA (hate ASDA) and couldn't get my brand. So I had to settle for an Asda own brand called Protect. Wow! This is probably the best floss around. It comes in a clear blue plastic capsule - so you can actually see how near you are to running out. What don't all the other brands do that? Plus the price was well below other brands. The floss is very strong, doesn't spilt or shard, and isn't too sharp. It tastes nice too and a great price. Will go back to ASDA, if only for this floss.

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                11.08.2001 22:47
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                I have a dental phobia and as a result I will try most things to avoid dental treatment, hence the title! (apologies to Shakespeare fans). This opinion is about Oral B Dental Flossettes. Years ago I tried dental floss in order to clean my teeth properly, unfortunately I caused a major gum infection, gingivitis from over use. This led me to avoid using dental floss products totally. That was until my last dental visit, when my dentist introduced me to Oral B Flossettes. The Flossette is a Y shaped prong of white plastic, with a short, single strand of floss stretched across the Y of a curved head and an easy grip handle(5cm approximately in size). They are convenient to use and the user does not have to make vigorous movements for them to be effective. Flossettes are flavourless and are a very useful aid in removing small pieces of food which have got caught between tight teeth. I have poor hand co-ordination following a car crash, but as yet I have not experienced any problems with riping my gums using these dental aids. They are easy to use on crowned or crooked teeth. For good dental hygiene, dentists advise flossing to help fight the build up of plaque between the teeth, which are missed by conventional and electric tooth brushes. Flossettes are designed to make flossing more convenient and thus encourages the user to floss daily, making it part of their oral hygiene routine.The Oral B Flossettes are designed for a single flossing session. The manufacturers advise them to be discarded to prevent cross-infection or the re-introduction of bacteria to the mouth. The Oral B Flossette is effective, however the floss does fray when caught on or between tight teeth. The packaging states that flossettes 'feature a specific fray-resistant floss'. Personally I do not find that this works. The packaging is simple, being that of a small box. One side gives clear instructions of use, whilst the back advises about good or
                al hygiene practises. It is is important to note that persistant gum bleeding may be an early indication of gum disease and it is important to seek medical/ dental advise to help prevent complications. Flossettes come in two sizes. They cost between £2.25 for a box of ten to £3.50 for a box of twenty depending on where they are purchased from. I find Tesco and Boots sell them at the most reasonable prices. Other places that they can be purchased from are Super drug, most chemist shops and even the dentist's surgery. I have been using Flossettes now for about a year and my only other complaintis that the floss occassionally breaks. It has happened to me about five times and this can be frustrating particually when the box is nearly empty. I do not feel that this problem is worthy of notifying the manufacturers at present. Oral B Flossettes are a good product for anyone inexperienced in flossing or have flossing problems,like myself. I feel that the expense is a small price to pay in order to sit in the dentist's chair for nothing more than a check-up!

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                  11.05.2001 02:31
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                  ...is the closing comment I get every time I visit my Dentist. Now that's easier said than done. As any of us who already do floss are aware, there are problems with this particular form of oral hygiene. If you get a poor quality material, the gaps between your teeth tend to retain the weak and frayed bit of floss, adding an unattractive sort of raffia look to your mouth. Not only is it visually unpleasant, it's also maddening if you happen to have that elusive strand tickling your gums, and you just can't get it out. The worst thing to do at this point is to try flossing again to get rid of it as you stand every chance of simply adding to the problem. So it stands to reason that you shouldn't scrimp on price here, and quality is the better thing to aim for. Oral B Ultra Floss is a good place to start. The company is reknown for its range of oral hygiene goods, which always bodes well when seeking out something that's not going to do more harm than good. (Sadly, the most harm is done by the over-enthusiastic owners of teeth, who insist on using the seesawing method when flossing. All this does is to pull the gum away from the base of the tooth, allowing for potential germs and infections to start up). The best way to floss is to use a good few inches of it, wrapped firmly but comfortably around each index finger, easing it gently between the teeth and removing any debris with care. It is advisable to move down the floss with each tooth, so that any germs that may have collected in other teeth, will not be transferred to a clean site. As there is usually a good few metres (approx 50) in each pack, it's not as if you have to be stingey with it. And all of your teeth should be flossed, not just the ones on show at the front. Practising getting the angles right to get to the back teeth cleaned can be a bit of a pain to start with, and especially if someone is standing next to you in the bathroom. You could find the F.A.
                  being interested in seeing a video replay of your elbowing of the other half, if you're not careful! If the floss gets stuck between the teeth, simply pull it through, don't try to force it down straight away, and try again with a clean bit. My Dentist has also advised that the flossing should be done before the brushing is carried out so that any unseeable placque or debris is removed properly. Oral B's floss is strong enough not to snap at awkward moments (at least, it hasn't done that with me yet), neither does it shred or pull apart. I'm not all that keen on mint flavoured floss for some reason, but that's just a personal thing, and bears little relevance if you brush afterwards. The mint is only handy if you have to floss in an emergency at a restaurant - spinach and raspberry seeds having been my bete noir on many occasions, although not a the same time, I hasten to add. (Yuck!) - as it can leave your mouth feeling as though something hygenic just happened to it. The boxes are small and easily carried around in make-up bags and made of a sturdy plastic. The lid flips up to show the strand laid across the top and ready to be pulled out to the required length before being hooked round the metal tab and broken off. No fiddling. No messing. An essential part of oral hygience, and if used correctly and regularly, can help keep down those expensive dental bills.

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                    I like to floss my teeth regularly, I take great pride in my shiny molars and like to protect my teeth by flossing each day. Dental floss looks a bit like waxed string and you pull it back and forth between your teeth to clean inbetween the gaps. This is almost impossible to do with a toothbrush. The quality and effectiveness of denatal flosses seems to vary a lot and this doesn't seem to relate to the price. I have tried Wisdom Floss. This cost me £1.69p, and to be quite honest I didn?t really rate it much. It said on the packet that it was antibacterial, sounds good that doesn?t it? It also boasts to having Bioguard (whatever that is.). It snapped very easily and had a peculiar taste to it. Don?t think I will purchase it again. My next choice was Oral B Dental Floss. Price was £1.10p and I found the taste of this reasonable and it didn?t snap on me either. I think you probably need to try several different flosses until you find one that suits you. It's much the same as choosing toothpaste, we all swear by our favourites.

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                    There are plenty of dental flosses on the market, all claiming to be the best. Anti-bacterial, dental hygiene friendly, makes the mind boggle just trawling through the different types. What is dental Floss? It’s a little packet of string coated with a nice smelling gel, and that is it. Who on earth thought of it? Haven’t they made a small fortune? HEALTH WARNING: Handle with care, Dental floss can be lethal. I think it is quite lethal, reminds me of the cheese wire traps in the Malayan jungle during the war. This stuff is supposed to assist in untrapping bits of food between your teeth? What a load of tosh. Just clean them with your good old Wisdom toothbrush and trusty old Colgate, far safer than shredded gums believe me.

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                      06.10.2000 03:00

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                      The first time I used dental floss, I thought how revolting.I did not do it properly,there was blood everywhere and I said never again.However, because of the benefits of flossing such as making sure you keep your gums healthy- the main cause of dental problems - I persevered. I still don't do them as much as I should, but after cleaning the teeth and then flossing your mouth feels incredibly fresh. O.K. my teeth do bleed a bit, but as you become more practised it does get better. I use a mirror to make sure I am doing it write, and don,t be too aggresive.

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                      26.09.2000 18:49
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                      A new, so-called improved, dental floss which has antibacterial "Bioguard" protection for the gums. It has a pleasant smell and flavour, and is a pretty shade of green. Presumably the antibacterial properties are of some use to the health of the gums but the floss is very thin and fine. Although this means that it fits easily into tighter spaces, it also means that it breaks very easily. It is quite disconcerting to find it firmly stuck between the teeth and surely doing more harm than good. It compares very badly with other brands I have tried (Oral-B, Sainsbury's and Superdrug) and I would not recommend it at all.

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                    Dental floss is commonly supplied in plastic dispensers that contain 10 to 50 meters of floss. After pulling out the desired amount, the floss is pulled against a small protected blade in the dispenser to sever it. The dental floss is held between the fingers. It can be difficult to grasp floss due to the tension required to push between certain teeth, and reducing friction as the fingers and floss become wet from saliva. To keep a hold, the floss can be wrapped around one or both fingers. Doing this on or above the first joint allows that finger to be used in conjunction with the thumb in a traditional pinch grip, to reduce excessive tension on the skin. Wrapping dental floss too tight as a tourniquet reduces circulation. So it is wise to loosen the wraparound when alternating to a fresh segment of floss. An alternative way to make the floss easier to handle is to make a loop and tie the ends together using a couple of knots. The resulting ring is easy to handle even in wet conditions and does not put as much tension on the skin as when wrapping it around the fingers.