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Tesco Steps Kids Flossers

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Brand: Tesco / Floss / Type: Floss / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      11.11.2010 17:31
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      Recommended!

      I noticed Tesco Children's Flossers while looking for toothpaste for my son; I was actually quite surprised to find them as I didn't realise that products like this were available for children. I wasn't sure how much use he'd get out of them as he is only six so still has a few gaps in his teeth, but at 79p I considered them a worth a try.

      For 79p you will get a sealer bag of 20 'flossers'; these are small plastic shapes with around 1cm of floss held between two pegs. The plastic holders come in four styles; a lime green octopus, a turquoise starfish, a pink fish, and an orange crab. There are five of each style. The styles are bright and fun so really seem to encourage the child to use the flossers.

      They are suitable for children aged 6+, so my son is at the younger end of this scale. I do think that they would be more appropriate, and useful, for children ages 8+, although can still be quite handy for younger children.

      To use, you should:
      Gently guide the floss between the teeth using a careful sawing motion until it reaches the gumline.
      Clean the tooth surface either side of the gap with a small up and down motion.
      Repeat between all teeth.

      The flossers are for single use only. The packet doesn't say how often they should be used, although I don't let my son use them too often as it is easy for children's fingers to slip and end up hurting their delicate gums. They are not really an essential for children so I'd say around once a week for children as young as six or seven, then more often as they grow up.

      I have used them myself on occasion and have found them to be sturdy and well made; the floss is very secure in the pegs and is soft, but strong. The only issue I have is that the floss can go really stringy and fray quite a lot if they catch on rough areas, more so than other brands. I have a couple of caps and a crown due to an accident when I was younger and I find that these aren't very effective at cleaning round them as they fray easily and can catch on the teeth. Obviously this is mainly an 'adult' problem, so I shouldn't be so tough on the flossers as they are designed for children.

      The flossers were designed in conjunction with the British Dental Health Foundation, which gives them a little more credibility than if they were just one of Tesco's latest creations. I am quite impressed by them as they are the only floss products I have seen that are designed specifically for children. They are a great idea as I do believe that it's important to get children into good habits young (I was never encouraged to floss, and as such really struggled to get into the habit), although maybe six is a little young.

      My son enjoys using them although doesn't really need to, it is usually easy enough to clean his teeth without the need for floss. They do come in handy for weekly (or sometimes fortnightly) 'touch ups' to make sure that his teeth really are clean, although he mainly uses them when eating foods that get stuck in your teeth, such as pork, or some fruits.

      I will continue to buy Tesco Flossers, as they are handy to have around, although we probably won't begin to use them on a regular basis until my son is a bit older. I am glad that I bought the flossers and would recommend them, particularly for older children, as it is great to get kids into good habits at a young age.

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      13.09.2008 23:40
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      GREAT PRODUCT

      My mum has always taught me how important it is to care for your teeth and mouth, and as a child I never issed any dental appointments.
      I have carried this into motherhood, and my son goes for all his check ups and brushes his teeth morning and night. He is also fascinated with mouthwash! So uses this too.

      I came across these flossers whilst doing my shopping, and thought I would buy them to try them. I am aware of how important it is for adults to floss their teeth, but had never seen such a product for children before.

      At the moment in Tesco these are reduced from £1.29 to 49p, so this is an ideal time to try them.

      They come in a blue bag with pictures of various fish/sea creatures on it, and there are twenty in a bag.

      When I got them home, I showed them to my son who is six, and he was very excited to brush his teeth that night!

      I opened the packet, and found they come with various shaped handles again in sea creature charachters, there were orange, pink, green and blue. My son opted for blue! You hold the handle, and there is a small amount of floss wire for them to get in between their teeth. He looked in the mirror, and found it easy to use them as the handles are quite large. It works in the same way as adult floss, getting out anything stuck between your teeth using a backwards and forwards sawing motion. He really got into it, although I had to help him a bit with his back teeth.

      This is a great product, as well as being fun and gimicky for the children so they think it is something exciting, it is also very important for the health of their teeth.

      THIS PRODUCT IS FOR CHILDREN OF 6 YEARS AND ABOVE.

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