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I like to look after my teeth and I think that flossing is a very important part of this. I have been doing this now for as long as I can remember. I have tried quite a few different dental flosses and tapes and find that they all really do the same job so I will usually just choose the best value.
I bought Superdrug Totalcare dental floss for £1.75 for 25m which is a bit cheaper than some other stores and would say that it usually lasts me around three months so this is great value. This dental floss comes in a small plastic box that has a flip top lid and you pull the tape out and pull it down onto a small blade which cuts it to your required length. I usually use about ten or so inches at a time which I find is sufficient to wrap around my fingers in order to get in between my teeth. This also gives me enough to move the tape through my fingers as I am using it which I feel is more hygienic.
To use I will start with my front teeth and gently starting at the bottom of my teeth move it backwards and forwards with a sawing motion until the tape is as the top of my teeth near to my gums. My back teeth are all very close together so I find I have to use a bit more pressure to move the tape backwards and forwards between my teeth. At first I found this a bit tricky to use it on my back teeth as I wasn't sure exactly where to put my hands but think that I am just used to it now as I don't have a problem.
This dental floss has a pleasant mild minty taste which lingers for a while after using it. I use it regularly after brushing my teeth and although I have brushed thoroughly I often get bits of food appearing on the tape which would have stayed there if I didn't use it. I will continue to buy this product as I find it gentle on my gums and I feel that I am giving my teeth the best possible care by using it. It is a great addition to my daily dental care and I do recommend it to others.
I never skip flossing because I think it really does make a difference to the condition of my teeth. I have teeth that are relatively unevenly spaced - thankfully this is only obvious when I am using floss but it means that not all kinds suit me. The two teeth that have a narrow gap between them pose the most trouble as sometimes the floss catches between them and can even shred. For this reason I often try different brands in order to find a good fit. Most recently I have been using Superdrug's Totalcare floss which costs £1.49 for 50m.
The floss is mint flavoured, and coated to make it easier to move between teeth. The coating is also supposed to be anti bacterial and lastly, the floss contains Sodium Fluoride "at less than 0.31%" to help strengthen teeth.
EASY TO USE?
The floss comes in a standard little plastic dispenser that actually works well. The floss line comes out smoothly and the end doesn't get lost back in the reel easily. You can easily open the sides to change or adjust the floss reel if need be, but I haven't needed to while using the Totalcare product. However I did appreciate this when I slotted in a reel of floss from a different brand which had come with a little metal cutter that only seemed to shred the floss. The cutter on the Superdrug reel is in contrast perfectly sharp enough to make a good clean cut with just a light pull of the floss against it.
The card packet contains instructions and diagrams on the back as to how to use floss which could be useful if you aren't sure your technique is right but I just use it in the same way that I use any other. I certainly don't use the recommended 45cm length - I find it easier to use shorter strands even if I need more than one but that is true of all floss for me.
Although this floss is coated, it doesn't seem to glide between my teeth quite as easily as others but it doesn't actually catch or feel rough. Most importantly, it doesn't fall apart as I use it between my closer spaced teeth and it is thin enough to get in where I need it to. It is also fine between my wider spaced teeth, but it takes more passes for me to feel I have thoroughly cleaned there.
The floss has a relatively subtle minty flavour. It's more peppermint than spearmint. It is enough to make my mouth feel distinctly fresher but the taste doesn't linger that long. I prefer this because I sometimes find that using mint floss as well as mint flavoured tooth paste and mouthwash is a bit of mint overkill for me. The lighter taste also means that any food I have afterwards doesn't taste strange as sometimes happens.
Using this floss always results in my mouth feeling very fresh and clean. It manages to remove tiny but obvious "bits" from between my teeth so I am sure the difference isn't just in my mind. It doesn't fail to get in any gaps, which is the main thing I need it to do. As for the anti bacterial coating, I can't really measure whether this has an effect. The same goes for the fluoride - the actual floss isn't in contact with my teeth for very long so I don't know how effective it could be in delivering any strengthening effects. I really rely on my toothpaste to care for my teeth in that way anyway.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE FLOSS?
This is a perfectly good floss, because although it doesn't seem to glide though gaps as easily as other coated products, it hasn't actually proved difficult to use. I am impressed by the fact it is obviously strong because it never frays or splits and it is thin enough to suit relatively closely spaced teeth. I like the gentle mint taste, the practical packaging and the fresh feeling I experience after using it. At £1.50 for 50m it is not the very cheapest I have used but it still beats many of the branded ones in price without being poorer in quality. It is also very often on offer in Superdrug so the price can be reduced further. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a favoured floss, unless you wanted a really strong mint taste.
Only available at Superdrug of course. Suitable for vegetarians.