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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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