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Feb 28, 2012

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Wow, how’s that for a mouthful of toothpaste? I have to tell you all that I haven’t been happy with my options for toothpaste for a while now. I recognize it’s a vital part of keeping your teeth clean. Everyone needs toothpaste but do I really need all the ingredients that are listed on my toothpaste tube? I can’t pronounce 99% of it and that has always worried me so I’ve been looking for other alternatives. Recently, I discovered that Tom’s of Maine  had a toothpaste line and couldn’t wait to try it. I’ve used other Tom’s of Maine products before but never their toothpaste so here’s my review for on Tom’s natural with fluoride whole care peppermint toothpaste.

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Sep 20, 2011

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Recently, the husband decided he needed a new toothbrush and decided it would be an electric toothbrush. Cool, whatever. Then I decided hey, this would be a prime opportunity to interview him and get his review on this Oral B Professional Care 5500 Electric Toothbrush to see if it was worth the money and whether or not it cleans better than the basic everyday, hold in your hand toothbrush.
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Aug 22, 2011

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My daughter now officially falls under the bigger kid category. She’s certainly no longer a toddler and she’s not yet a tween. I recently stood there in the oral care section of my local pharmacy trying to decide which children’s toothbrush I should be buying for her. Most of the children’s toothbrushes look gigantic and I just can’t imagine how they can be effective. My logic: too big a toothbrush head makes it hard for the child (and the adult) to navigate around all those teeth to remove plaque and food buildup.
Since I couldn’t decide, I ended up picking up 2 different children’s toothbrushes, both made by Colgate but for 2 different age brackets: 1 for the 2-5 year age range and 1 for the 5+year range. Thus, the question is: for a kid who’s now 5 years old, which Colgate toothbrush worked better?
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Jul 13, 2011

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One thing we do often is comparison shop, not just because it saves money but it also allows me to be an informed consumer. On top of it all, I’m comparison shopping with my daughter so she learns how to analyze the information she acquires to make informed decisions. Critical thinking skills are being honed as we read labels to determine which product should be purchased (or maybe none of them).
A little while ago, I did a product review on dental flossers for young children. At that time, I made a comparison between using adult dental flossers vs. children’s dental flossers on the teeth of young children (click here if you want to read it ).
Recently, I discovered Plackers Kids flossers at my local pharmacy and was swayed to try them because they have a monkey flosser and my kid adores monkeys. The question is, of all the dental flossers I’ve tried, which dental flosser works best on my child’s teeth?

Plackers Kids Flossers: Are they any good?

Right off the bat, they appeal to my daughter because they have 4 different characters in 4 different colours and they do look cute: dolphins, monkeys, elephants, and crabs (which she thought was a turtle until we noticed the claw).  So, getting her to try them was a piece of cake that night.
Unlike the other dental flossers that we’ve tried, Plackers Kids flossers are the only ones that have a fluoride coating on the floss. Now, this grosses me out. Thankfully, we always gargle after we floss but I think of children who may not gargle after flossing. Does this possibly mean that they’ll be ingesting minute amounts of fluoride over time? I don’t know but I wouldn’t want to chance it. Thus, the fluoride coating on the flosser is a negative feature for me, not a selling point.
Another observation I made: the floss on the Plackers Kids flossers seems thicker than the other 2 brands I’ve used so I found it hard to glide the floss in between her teeth especially around the molars. The floss was just a little too thick to reach the nooks that I needed.
Compared to the other bag of children’s dental flossers that we’ve used, the angles on the Plackers Kids flossers are much more rounded and are less likely to jab my daughter’s mouth than the seahorse dental flosser made by the other company (I still can’t get over why that design was chosen!).
Plackers Kids flossers seem smaller than the adult dental flossers but they’re also thicker. I found the smaller size and added thickness of the Plackers Kids flossers harder to hold and navigate as I’m trying to floss my child’s teeth. Now, it could just be that I’ve now gotten used to using the adult dental flossers but I find it hard to maintain a good grip on the Plackers Kids flossers to effectively floss my child’s teeth.

Plackers Kids Flossers:What is THAT smell?

By far the grossest turnoff for me about these Plackers Kids flossers is the smell. On the floss itself is ‘something’ that gives it a mixed berry smell. UGH! When I opened the pack, I almost gagged. It’s not that the smell is offensive but it creeps me out that Plackers thinks children need dental flossers to have a mixed berry smell so that they’ll floss their teeth. I looked at the packaging more carefully and noticed that it did say mixed berry flavour on it.  Had I read that earlier, I would not have purchased these Plackers Kids flossers.
What’s wrong with plain old regular floss, no flavour, no gimmicks? My daughter noticed the smell right away and thought it was odd. All the flossers she’s used to date have had no smell (not even the mint ones) and she’s also not keen about it either. As a parent, I have to think, so what did you coat the floss with to give it that smell and why is it not identified on the packaging? Yes, children’s toothpaste have flavours too but children always gargle and rinse after using them. What about children who don’t gargle and rinse after using the Plackers Kids flossers? Seriously, that creeps me out. It’s a good thing we’ve always rinsed after using our flossers.


If you’ve read my previous dental flosser comparison review, you’ll know that I preferred the adult dental flossers I purchased to floss my daughter’s teeth. So, now the question is, of all 3 types that I’ve tried, do the plain old white adult dental flossers still work best? YES! Forget the gimmicks of the Plackers Kids flossers. Go for your plain old non-minted adult dental flossers to clean your kid’s teeth.
The Plackers Kids flossers don’t cost much more than the other children’s dental flossers that I purchased and they come in a pack of 48. But, don’t let all the cutesy gimmicks entice you to spend your money. Buy one pack to try if you must but if you’re like me, you might find the mixed berry smell questionable and the fluoride coating unnecessary. Beyond that, functionally speaking, the floss on the Plackers Kids flossers is just too thick to easily glide and clean between my kid’s molars.
Comparatively speaking, the plain adult dental flossers are still cheaper and for me, are more functional. To date, the adult dental flossers work best at removing plaque in those hard to reach areas of my child’s teeth. The Plackers Kids flossers are currently sitting in my bathroom cabinet making it smell like mixed berries.
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May 28, 2011

This product review is a little different from the other product reviews I’ve done which are usually about one product or one event. I decided to do a little comparison between the adult dental flossers and children’s dental flossers.
From a very young age, I’ve been cleaning my child’s teeth, first with that little silicone slip-on finger tooth brush followed by the many different child size toothbrushes. As she got older, I started using children’s dental flossers to reach those ‘hard to reach’ places where you KNOW plaque is building up despite my best attempts to get of them. Now, I usually only buy the children’s dental flossers when they’re on sale and my supply was starting to deplete and there was no sale in sight so I decided to pick up a pack of adult dental flossers after I carefully looked them over.

left: adult dental flosser; right: kids dental flosser

The photo on the left shows the two different flossers I’ve used, the pink seahorse is obviously the children’s dental flosser and the plain white one, well that’s the adult flosser (I guess adults don’t deserve cutesy shapes).

Product review and comparison: What happened?

First off, there is a significant difference in price. On sale, my children’s dental flossers were under a dollar a pack of 30. At full price though, they were just shy of $3.00 if not more depending on the brands I saw. The adult flossers for a pack of 90 were under $3.00. Of course, prices vary depending on where you live but it makes sense that you’d get charged more for the cutesy children’s dental flossers than the plain old generic adult flossers.
Another obvious difference: the colours and shapes. The pink seahorse is only one of three designs within my pack of 30 while the adult pack is just purely all white, all 90 of them.

Adult Dental Flosser vs. Children’s Dental Flosser: who reigns supreme?

Now, let’s talk about which one was more effective. I have to be honest with you and tell you that I was initially apprehensive about using the adult dental flossers on my wee kid’s mouth since there is a noticeable difference in size between the two flossers shown. However, I found the adult flosser REALLY REALLY easy to use and much more effective.
The adult dental flosser is more streamlined which allowed me to angle it to remove plaque buildup especially in the back molars. The pointy tip is also functional (not for stabbing, thank you! Bathroom safety is key) but for me to scrap off unwanted bits of food or pick my kid’s teeth if I need to. It reminds me of one of those dentist tools (I know you know what I’m referring to!).
With the children’s dental flossers, I found the shapes to actually get in my way. It’s harder for me to maneuver the sea horse shape complete with frills the way I need to to remove plaque because I end up jabbing my kid in the mouth which is NOT a good mommy thing to do. Now, I hold nothing against the company that made these children dental flossers because I have used them for the past 2 years but really, there needs to be more thought put into these things.


What do I plan on doing in the future? I am definitely going to stick with these adult dental flossers that I found. Really truly, the just work better at removing the plaque and stuck on food from my kid’s teeth.
Now, I’m not saying all adult dental flossers are supreme to their kid size cutesy counterparts because I’m sure there are some equally awesome kiddy dental flossers that I just haven’t stumbled across yet and there are probably some equally poor adult dental flossers. What I am saying though is that as a parent of a cute kid, your options may be more than you first thought and at a fraction of the cost!

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