“ Brand: Boots / Oral Care / Floss / Type: Floss / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
After we joined a new dental practice last year, my partner and I were both allocated a long appointment with the hygienist who lectured us on the benefits of flossing our teeth regularly. Apparently not enough of us floss with regularity therefore encouraging bacteria to develop between our teeth and gums and, ideally, you should floss your teeth once a day. Spurred on with this news we have, over the past year been buying a variety of different brands of tooth floss one of which are these 'Expert Dental Flossers' from Boots.
When we were shown how to floss properly by our hygienist, she showed us a good number of different devices which could be poked between our teeth some which induced a good deal of pain such as the interdental brush and others which were less intrusive such as the D shaped floss picks. In my opinion the best and easiest to use flossers were ones which had two prongs either end with a piece of connecting floss as I found that they were easy to manoeuvre around my mouth.
These dental flossers from Boots are exactly that. They are basically a small piece of white plastic which splits into two sections on one end connecting a strip of floss. On the other end of these flossers is a tapered end and this is useful as it can be used for picking between the teeth either between flossing or during. The construction of these little devices is such that the floss is held quite firmly between the two ends and this ensures that it is taught throughout flossing and therefore works well. When purchased from Boots you actually get 30 of these flossers in one pack and these are packaged in a clear plastic envelope which serves to house our flossers neatly in the bathroom cabinet between use.
~~How to Use~~
It really is quite easy to use these little floss sticks in my opinion. Personally I prefer to use these sticks before brushing as I find that the action of brushing clears away any remaining bacteria in my mouth after I have flossed. I begin by taking one of the sticks and gently pushing the floss between two teeth gradually working upwards from the gum in a slight sawing motion. I was advised to go over each tooth twice, the first action being to move the floss forwards between the two teeth and the second action backwards to ensure that both sides of either tooth are completely freed from bacteria. Apparently you can never be too rough when flossing and you should expect to see some bleeding when you first do it which eventually goes away after a few days. Once I have gone around the teeth on my bottom jaw I then take a clean flosser and go around the upper jaw. One thing which I personally find a little disgusting is the small bits of food which come out from between my teeth during flossing which can have a tendency to smell pretty nasty but by rinsing my flosser under the hot tap as I go I ensure that I don't transfer any bacteria back to the next tooth.
After flossing I like to follow up my dental hygiene routine by giving my teeth a good brush with an electric toothbrush and finally rinsing with some mouthwash. Although we were advised to floss every day I have to admit that we don't, the few minutes that it takes seems to take up too much time out of our already short evenings. However; by doing it every three days we seem to have kept our plaque issues at bay and my teeth definitely feel the better for it.
These particular flossers are of excellent quality in my opinion and being that the floss is held firmly between the two prongs I have had no issues with the string breaking which is good as I do use them quite firmly. I like the design of these flossers as I find that they are very easy to move around my mouth and the small stick with which to hold the flosser means that I can easily get the floss in even the most awkward of places such as between my wisdom teeth. In the event that I do struggle to get the stick in a very awkward place I find that by snapping off the lower half of the flosser I can still use the floss around the back of my mouth, holding it between two fingers. Another great feature of these flossers is the pick at the end of the stick which I personally use to scrape between my bottom teeth at the front of my mouth. This is an area which is prone to collecting plaque and I have found that by scraping the section regularly I have kept most of the plaque away.
These flossers are not flavoured in any way and therefore you are not going to get hints of minty freshness as you work your way around your teeth. However they are practical and well built and have kept my teeth feeling and looking much cleaner than they did before.
~~Price and Availability~~
These dental flossers are currently priced on the Boots website for £1.99 for 30 sticks. Bearing in mind that I use two sticks a time roughly every three days this means that one packet would last me alone around 15 uses or 13p per use which I don't think is bad value for money considering that they should eventually be reducing my dental bill as a result of cleaner healthier teeth and gums.
Overall I do think that these flossers offer an excellent clean and their sturdy feel and easy to use design means that they make the most mundane of jobs more enjoyable. My clean teeth should really do the talking and therefore I do recommend these flossers.
As a result of this review, these flossers score an excellent five stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some assistance and, as always, thanks for reading! x
These interdental flossers are from Boots own brand dental range and they come in a pack of 30 for £1.99. They are designed to be used alongside brushing to give greater dental hygience and remove the bits from between your teeth that brushing alone cannot.
I would say these are a much easier way of flossing between teeth than normal floss in a long string is - this is because you can manipulate these sticks much easier without your fingers being in your mouth and they make the harder to reach areas of your mouth (like between the large back molars for example) more accessible. You will be amazed at what these remove from your mouth!
I find that the space between some of my teeth is so tight that it is virtually impossible to get normal floss between them because it is hard to exert enough force - but with these the pressure is easy to apply and is completely targetted by the small, taut piece of floss, it means that the hard to get to spaces can be accessed.
These are designed to be disposable and therefore a pack of 30 tends to last me around a month as I use them once a day before bed. I do find occasionally that my gums will bleed a little if I have applied a lot of pressure to get the floss through the gap, this is mainly because of the force used and is unavoidable, it does not worry me. If you have particularly tight gaps between your teeth I would be careful with these though, you do not want to be frequently making your gums bleed.
I find these are a very helpful tool for proper dentistry care and I believe they help me to maintain good dental hygiene, for the price they represent pretty good value and are as good as some of the big dental brands.
Like many other people I hate visiting the dentist, how-ever I go every 6 months for check-ups and to ensure my teeth and gums are healthy. Although my gums don't bleed when I brush them the dentist has always advised me to floss my teeth daily to help prevent the build-up of plaque. Every time I go to the dentist my teeth need scaling and she advised me that using floss can prevent this and it will also help to prevent gum disease. In the past I have tried using the floss that you dispense and wrap around your fingers, how-ever I can never seem to get to the back teeth which mean these one's always get left out. After my most recent visit to the dentist and having to have a filling done she again reminded me to floss every day. I decided to visit my local boots store to see what dental floss they sold.
~ Why should I Floss ~
My dentist has always told me that I should floss my teeth. Flossing helps to dislodge food from between your teeth and it can also reduce gum disease and bad breath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line. It's suggested that you floss at least once a day and this is best before going to bed. You can chose to either floss before or after brushing, it doesn't make any difference. Flossing also removes the film of bacteria that lies in between your teeth, before it can harden to become plaque. Flossing may irritate your gums at first and they may bleed, how-ever the more you floss the less likely your gums will bleed and they will become tougher and you run less risks of gum disease and the build-up of plaque.
~ The Flossers ~
The disposable flossers come in a clear plastic bag which is sealed. Each bag contains 30 flossers and is designed to quickly and easily clear away traces of food and plaque. The special design means it's easy to get to the hard to reach places. The flossers are made from white plastic and the actual dental floss is approximately 1.5cm long. Also on the flosser is a point which can be used as a toothpick to help remove traces of food in between your teeth. These flosses don't have any flavour to them; how-ever you can get minty flavoured ones. I don't particularly like the taste of mint which I why I chose the non-flavoured one's. To use the flosser simply guide it between your teeth using a gentle sawing motion, run carefully up and down. Gently use the pick to remove any stubborn debris. Always throw away the flosser after use. It's common that your gums may bleed when you start to use floss. If it does continue you should consult your dentist as this could be the early signs of gum disease.
~ Price/Availability ~
I purchased these from my local Boots store for £1.99 which I think is very reasonable.
~ Using the Flosser ~
I used the flosser as instructed on the back of the packaging. I slowly guided the flosser in between my teeth using a gentle sawing motion up and down the teeth. The flossers were easy to hold due to the shape of them. I started using the flossers the day after going to the dentist so my teeth didn't bleed when using these. The floss glided in between my teeth well and once I had done the bottom row of teeth I could see there was some plaque on the floss. I decided to through this away and use a new flosser for the top teeth. The flosser glided in between my teeth well without any problems. After using the flosser on the top teeth there was again a little plaque on the actual floss. I threw away the flosser and then cleaned my teeth.
~ Overall Opinion ~
These flossers are fantastic if like me you just can't get the hang of using the dental floss with your fingers. In terms of value for money I think they are rather good, although I do need to use 2 of these when flossing rather than one as I find that after using one there can be a fair amount of plaque on the floss and some of the strands can become a little loose. The flossers do a fantastic job of helping to get rid of any build-up of plaque and food debris in between your teeth. I will continue to use the flossers as part of my dental routine and I will purchase these again when I run out. The bag the flossers come in is resealable which is great and it makes then perfect to take with you if you are going away. I highly recommend these to others who find flossing difficult and I'm going to give them 4 out of 5 stars.
(review also on ciao)
My friend introduced me to these flossers after a discussion about dental floss tape.
My teeth are very close together, very often causing the tape to get stuck and then I end up getting into a struggle with the tape trying to remove it, only to find that it then shreds and I have to spend ages getting the shredded bits out of my mouth.
These handy little flossers are really good I have been using them for the past week or so and the shredding incident hasn't happened once, plus they are fantastic when trying to get to hard to reach places unlike the traditional tape, they don't give you jaw ache while trying to manipulate the tape around the back teeth and they are much more hygenic in my opinion. When using tape I always ended up flicking the rogue bits of food everywhere... yuk. I suppose it could just be my lack of co-ordination that causes all of the problems with the tape, but if you are anything like me give these a try instead.
I now floss more regularly due to the ease of using the sticks, you just need to pop them in your mouth and gently move backwards and forwards to remove the bits that make plaque build up, they easily reach into all areas, my mouth and teeth feel much better. Needless to say these little flossers have helped to reduce my flossing stress levels.
However after saying alll of this I do wish they would do a wooden handled version or a quick biodegradable/recylable version as the fact that I am adding more plastic to landfill is not sitting easy with my conscience, I am not sure if the plastic is suitable for the recycle bin.
I was recommended by my dentist to floss more often because although I do floss I probably don't do it quite as often as I am supposed to. I thought I would try Boots Expert Disposable Dental Flossers because my sister recommended them to me - and she usually gives me good recommendations!
The Boots Expert Disposable Dental Flossers are essentially a tool to make flossing a little more easier. The are made up of plastic handles that then have some dental floss that is stretched across the top of two prongs that are attached to the handle. You can then hold on to the handle and use this to reach all of your teeth without having to get your hands into lots of different impossible angles to try to reach my teeth. However, while this did help me to reach my teeth that are at the front and middle of my set of teeth, I really so find it difficult to reach my teeth right at the back - and so they don't particularly help from this perspective, but I do think that this is because I have a very small mouth.
Using the flosser does help me to remove bits from between my teeth. They are easy to use and you only have to move them backwards and forwards - in the same way that you would a piece of dental floss, but without having to be able to get an angle on both ends of the floss. However, I did find that the dental floss because a little thready very quickly and so this is something that I'd like to be changed.
I particuarly like the fact that at the non-pronged end of the flosser, there is a toothpick which I can use between meals.
Overall, I would recommend these flossers to just make flossing that little bit easier.
I've never been able to get the hang of using dental floss, I've always found it difficult to manouveur around my teeth, and no matter how hard I try, I always end up wasting more than I use, and having a bit of a temper tantrum into the bargain.
I understand how important flossing is in terms of dental hygeine so when my dentist suggested using flossers I thought I'd give them a try.
The ones recommended by my dentist were very expensive, so after using up my supply I decided to give the more basic looking Boot's ones a go.
Flossers are basically a small plastic handle with a short lengh of dental floss attached to two short prongs. The handle is long enough to reach right to your back teeth too. This enables you to get a better grip on the floss and navigate it around your teeth without getting into a tangle.
I also find that I can apply a more measured amount of pressure using these as opposed to regular floss, which I tend to over do a little and sometimes hurt my gums.
The flosser is so easy to use I can't believe I've not tried them until recently. I've seen them so many times in supermarkets and the like, but thought they looked way more intimidating than regular floss or tape.
Once using these, I don't think you would want to go back to ordinary floss, unless you are an expert, which I'm not, I'm so clumsy and hand/eye co-ordination is not one of my strong point, so these are ideal.
The flosser is used in the same way you would use floss, in that you use it in a gentle sawing motion to get right into your gums to remove plaque and odd bits of food that brushing and mouthwash alone will not shift. The flosser also doubles as a handy toothpick. The end is shaped to enable you to get in to any hard to reach areas, which is a great idea. Once flossed, just pop in the bin, so easy!
I've seen a great deal of improvement in my oral health since using these, as I find that they have now become a habit and are part of my daily routine as they are so very easy to use. With floss alone I was a bit hit and miss, well more miss really since I found it so difficult to use.
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending these flossers to anyone wanting to floss on a regular basis but find using a length of dental tape too fiddly or difficult.
Only available from Boots, priced at £1.99.
Like everyone else my dentist keeps telling me I need to floss daily. I have tried the dental floss on a roll where you break off as much as you need wrap it around you fingers and off you go. I found this very messy and usually end up in a tangle and tend to find I have cut the circulation off to the ends of my fingers and still not mangaged to do get anywhere near the back teeth.
Tried these little gadgets and found it much easier, still took a while to find the knack of reaching the teeth at the back!! The floss does have a tendency to split and snap so the 20 in a pack don't last 10/20 days depending on how often you floss, taking that into account I wont be buying the floss on a roll again in a hurry I like having the feeling in my finger tips too much!
There is a toothpick function at end of the stick which can come in handy for those stubborn bits or to use as a scrapper on the front teeth if you are so inclined.
I have always tried to take care of my teeth, but flossing was something I had never really managed to get a grip on, I tried it once in a while but never got on with it. Then my dentist recommended I try these, boots disposable dental flosser sticks, and I actually use them daily now.
They are basically a bit of dental floss on a plastic stick with a curve on it, so you can get into the gaps between your teeth easily and quickly to remove anything that may have been left behind. They come with about 20 sticks in a pack, so last just over 2 weeks, and they cost less than £3, so it is totally worth the money you spend on them, as you can not really put a price on healthy teeth and gums.
They are really easy to use, after brushing and using mouthwash, you just pop a stick out of the packet, and gently place one between two teeth, move back and forth gently on the gum line, and then remove from the teeth. I rinse mine in between each gap, but this is just something I choose to do. Just repeat this for each gap, until your mouth is nice and clean. This takes only a couple of minutes to do, and keeps your mouth in great condition.
I am really glad that I now use these, as they have made a great difference in my oral hygiene and I recommend that everyone use them, at least a couple of times a week, just to make sure their mouth is in tip top condition. You can buy these in the dental section of Boots.
When I went to my dentist I was told I needed to start flossing to prevent the build up of plaque in my teeth, so I straight away went straight to boots to try and get some dental floss. I initial brought the floss you get that is wound up in a tube and up break bits off. I found this extremely difficult and uncomfortable, you cannot reach you back teeth and sticking my hands all around my mouth. A few months later I spotted these disposable dental flossers that could help solve the previous problems I have had with flossing and they most certainly did.
The flossers are a white plastic stick with a tooth pick at one end and the dental floss at the other. The dental floss is about 1 cm long and the toothpick goes down to a point about 1mm in size (about double the size of the point of a cocktail stick). Even though the tooth pick is an added extra I find it too thick to get bits of food out that really are stuck in between your teeth. The floss itself is the perfect size; it is small enough to get into really tight gaps (which is important as I have had a brace so my teeth are very well aligned without many gaps), but large enough to clear larger gaps of plaque.
The main downfall is I often have to use 2 disposable dental flossers as I find some of the strands start to break and plaque builds up on the floss. I have tried washing it and continuing but it just doesn't seem to work as well. However, due to the cheap price it still is a worthwhile product. It makes flossing quick and easy. The sticks really help when trying to reach the teeth at the back of your mouth, and you no longer have to stick your hand in your mouth. This product has made sure I didn't give up flossing and is really worth ago.
Flossing which should be done everyday is really quite difficult to start and therefore these disposable flossers on sticks are perfect for the beginner stage especially.
Small and thin pieces of plastic and with the floss strung across at the end they get into the crooks and crannies of the teeth that are so hard to reach and help remove bacteria and food debris that is caught, especially good for reaching the very back of the back teeth as these are incredibly difficult to reach even when using normal floss strung across your fingers. Flossers such as these can also be dipped into mouthwash before placing in between your teeth whereas length of floss cannot, this ensures even fresher breath and helping to establish plaque removal in those areas.
At a mere cost of £1.99 they are perfect solution for keeping breath fresh and especially useful for going out to dinner, pop a few in your bag, and when needed they can be quickly used in the rest room, much easier way to sort out your teeth whilst our rather than unbundling lines of floss.
You have to be careful that you dont press to hard however with these flossers as they can irritate the gumline and cause bleeding, but gently used can be circulated around each tooth, and penetrate the gumline slightly to clear it and ensure its fresh.
I have good teeth, I go to the dentist twice a year and also make sure I brush and floss them in the morning and evening, also I use mouthwash as well. My dentist is abroad, I fly there on holiday and book the appointment beforehand. She is very thorough, always checks everything and suggests what products I should use. Plane tickets and examination cost me just under £100, worth every penny. I have not flossed for the first 25 years of my life mainly because I was not interested, and also I did not heard/saw anyone using floss- shame?Maybe, mind you, really my teeth were really good, last time I had a filling was at the age of 18 - 12 years ago.
When I first went to her, she was really pleased with the state of my teeth but recommended using a floss as my teeth are really close to each other. She showed me how to use them and gave me a free sample - it was a normal dental floss, not with the handle. I struggled to hold the floss between my fingers, also couldn't reach the back of my teeth properly. It was slippery and had to tear of quite a long bit so I could wrap it around my fingers to hold it tight. When I returned to the UK, I had a conversation about the floss with my boss who said that she found an excellent product in Boots and I should really try them - the next day she brought me one and I have not looked back since.
It is all about getting rid of the bacteria. The bacteria attacks not only food but your gum and the bones of your mouth, they will weaken the attachment of the teeth to the bone - causing you gum disease. If you get rid of the bacteria,than the disease is reversable - so everyone should start brushing and flossing as soon as they have any signs of the disease. Flossing prevents tooth decay, keep your breath fresh, prevent bleeding gum, and keep your teeth strong and white.
It says on the back that the first time you might experience gum bleeding - if it carries on, do go to see your dentist as it might be something more serious.
Also it is not really environmental friendly, my local council doesn't recycle them.
The disposable dental flossers come with an integrated toothpick to clear any traces of food and plague, and with the handle you can reach the places which you couldn't before- especially the back wisdom teeth-mine are really hard to reach!
How to use them (see back of the package):
1)guide the flosser between your teeth
2)using a gentle sawing motion, run carefully up and down
3)gently use the pick to remove stubborn debris or to stimulate gums
4)dispose of each flosser after use
There are 30 flossers in the package and currently costs £1.99 (not cheap I'm afraid), they often have 2 for £3.00 offer on them-it's worth to stock up. I know that it says at the back that you should dispose each flosser after use but I don't do it-I usually dump them into boiling water and reuse them until the floss becomes really thin - it saves you quite a lot of money. One pack can last you up to 3 months, using the floss twice a day. Once it came with a handy travel packet - it was I think one Xmas- which I keep in my handbag with one or two flosser in it so wherever I go and need to use them,they are handy and still hygenic. The back of the package is recyclable, simply tear off the plastic bit at the front.
I did try other brands, once I bought a huge pack from the 99p store-it had around a 100 in it but had to throw them away as the floss was really thick and it hurt me every time I used them. Superdrug own brand's handle seemed to break every 2 days, and Sainsbury's were thinning even after one use (I know -I should have only used them once,so shouldn't complain). I think you need to experience which flossers suit your teeth-my OH has bigger gaps between his teeth so for this reason he likes Tesco brand - every make is different.
Overall: this is a really good product, an another good point for Boots own brand!