“ Brand: Plackers / Type: Floss „
I swear by these now, each time i visited the dentist, i used to dread what the hygenist was going to do and she recommended them, because i can't seem to manage actual dental floss. They are so easy to use, once you get used to them and you can really get in between the teeth.
It is best to use them before brushing, so you remove any plaque and food etc. They are supposed to be used only once and then thrown away, but i manage to use them more than once, they will soon wear and instinct will tell you when to use a fresh one.
The mint ones are more appealing as the leave you mouth fresher afterwards. It is very handy having the pick at the other end, if you can't remove it all, just use it as a normal tooth pick, so basically a 2 in 1.
They are pretty reasonable in cost and it is more of a saving if you get more in a pack, such as 36, you can get less if you wanted. They don't cost more than £2 from any supermarket. I've been able to get a pack from pound shops, you don't get as many as 36, but it is still a bargain. You just need to allow time whilst cleaning your teeth, doing this regime, but the results are worth it if it keeps your dentist happy and you don't have to go through so much scaling once you are there!
Flossing for me has always been a bit of a nightmare. Having very close-set teeth I have great difficulty getting floss between them without the floss jamming, breaking or shredding itself. Then there is the fear of the floss suddenly slipping into my gum and cutting it. Usually I end up with my fingers so tightly wrapped in floss that the circulation is practically cut off. Hopeless! In fact I had given up on flossing until I noticed my gums were bleeding regularly after brushing my teeth and they also seemed to be receding slightly, both ominous signs of gum disease.
The Plackers Micro Mint Suoer Tuffloss had been sitting in my toilet bag literally for years and the pack was still nearly full but with the prospect of my teeth dropping out I decided I had to give them a go. At first it was difficult, my gums bled quite a bit, a lot of saliva ran messily down my forearm and it took me a while to learn the right angle to slide the floss into the gaps. This is far more difficult with back teeth as even with a fairly wide mouth I found it difficult at first to angle the flosser correctly. Persisting and with the advice that the bleeding should stop within a week I kept up the routine flossing diligently night and morning. By now it doesn't take much more than five minutes (nearly an hour the first few times).
The Plackers hold up quite well even sawing their way through the tight gaps in my teeth. I can complete all teeth with just two of them (one will inevitably break if I try to do all my teeth with it). The floss runs really smoothly - at least until it is nearly about to break -and releases a slight taste of fresh mint, which is quite agreeable. The "bow" holding the strand of floss is larger than other flossers of this type I have tried and this allows me to use more back and forth motion to clean and even get the strand (just) under the gum margin next to the tooth, which I understand is particularly important.
The handle of the flosser has a gum stick moulded into it too, that you can break off and give your gum a massage with, should you have time. I find a bit too hard for this purpose though and prefer wooden ones.
The bleeding gums did stop in rather less than a week and I can now floss confidently and effectively. I really notice a difference to the freshness and health of my mouth too. The first pack of Plackers is finished and I had no hesitation in buying another.
Flossing the teeth after brushing is essential for good dental hygiene but is often the thing I will skip when in a hurry in the morning, which for me, is most days. So when my dentist asked me to give these flossers a try I was happy to give them a whirl.
The flossers consist of two parallel strands of mint flavoured floss stretched across a flattened, angled Y shape.
I will admit that at first I did find theses quite awkward to use but in no time at all I was converted.
Having been used to the simple strand of floss stretched between one finger of each hand I initially felt that I didn't have the same degree of control and was a little afraid of threading to deeply down the side of the tooth and cutting into my gum. These fears were however totally unfounded and after a little practice I found these little tools so easy to use and much more effective than simple floss. They are comfortable to grip and you do in fact have much more manoeuvrability and control than with conventional floss. The double strand means that they trap plaque far more effectively and the angle of the head allows you to reach awkward corners that would otherwise be difficult to floss.
They can be rinsed during and after use and because they are so strong can be used used again and again. I was amazed at the amount of plaque these flossers removed even after the most thorough brushing and will definitely buy them again.
A pack of 36 is available from Sainsbury's for £1.89.
Dental Flossers / Pack of 36 /