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I am quite good when it comes to oral hygiene, I like to brush my teeth regularly, I use mouthwash most days and in addition to that I also use dental floss. This was a habit I got into when I was younger thanks to my mum and I have never really grown out of it. In fact, regular flossing is said to reduce the incidence of heart disease as according to an article I read, flossing is correlated with greater longevity potentially as a result of the prevention of gum inflammation. It can also help to prevent gum disease, halitosis and dental cavities. So, there really is not reason not to floss as it is so beneficial and so easy to do. I buy Colgate dental floss which comes in a little plastic case with a flip top lid to keep it safe and clean. Dental floss is basically a long string of nylon fibres that are wrapped together. This is then wound in a ring and encased in the plastic case. In order to use it you just pull a small amount of floss out that you need and then pull it against a small protected blade to cut it. Different people obviously have different methods of using floss but I like to wind it around my fingers and then help it inbetween each tooth and pull softly but with a bit of pressure. This dental floss I find is quite gentle on your teeth. I have used other fibres that are quite rough and sometimes cause my gums to bleed but this floss is nice and smooth and pulls through each tooth well. By using my fingers to gently guide the floss I can pull away quite a bit of plaque off my teeth which my toothbrush does not always get. The best thing about floss is that it can really get to parts of the mouth that your toothbrush can't and really gets into the little cracks that are really hard to get to otherwise. This is because the string is so thin and can slip between teeth and then be pulled out again. This floss is also great at getting out food particles between your teeth that you would otherwise need a toothpick for. The floss has a nice minty taste to it so it's just like an extension of your toothpaste really. Each little case costs £2.81 and will last for quite a few weeks so is a good product for your all round dental health.
The floss I'm reviewing is the Colgate interdental floss, which can be found on the Colgate website. The floss itself is contained in a white plastic box that looks a little bit like a tooth (I think that's what it's trying to look like anyway!) There is a clickable lid to get to the floss and what you find is a small amount of floss poking out of the hole, and a raised piece of metal that 'cuts' the amount of floss you want to use when you pull it against the metal. There is 25 metres of floss inside and you are advised to use half a metre of floss each time, so you can use it 50 times. As you can imagine, it's very small and compact and will fit in your pocket if you're on the go and have a spinach-in-teeth emergency. The floss itself contains a coating of natural wax (pretty sure it's not ear wax, don't worry) to help it slide comfortably between teeth. You're advised on the cardboard packaging on the back to wrap a length of the floss around your middle fingers and use a different part of floss for every few teeth, using a sliding motion, going under the gum. You're advised to floss after meal times to remove plaque and stray bits of food you thought you might save for later. Dental floss is proven to remove up to a whopping 80% more plaque between teeth if you use it as part of your daily oral care regime. The Colgate website suggests the floss should be £3.29 which I think is pretty decent considering it's a well known, trusted brand and you can use this 50 times. I think this is a really good product and it does everything it says on the tin. The floss is really comfortable and doesn't hurt my gums at all, and it's very easy to use.
Colgate Total floss was designed to make daily flossing easy and comfortable for patients / Advanced technology floss that slides easily between teeth without shredding /