Lisa Keating for EncinoMom and Lizzie Kay from Lizzy’s Teen beat check out Plackers Fruit Smoothie Swirl Flossers! Do your kids have healthy dental habits? If you could use some help in the flossing department, you may enjoy these new Plackers Fruit Smoothie Swirl Flossers. They are designed to make flossing fun for you and your kids. Not only do they remove plaque and food, but they reduce tooth decay, promote healthier gums and they contain fluoride!
Meet Plackers Flosser Friend. This fun and functional Flosser holder fits inside of the average bathroom medicine cabinet to store your stash of flossers. Cute enough to leave out on the counter of the kids bathroom, this holder comes stocked with 30 Flossers. Refills come in packs of 75 and are easily accommodated in the wide mouthed Flosser Friend.
With two gripping surfaces and angled flossing head, the Plackers Flossers do a good job of reaching those tough spots in your own mouth or your kids’ mouth whether you are flossing for them or they are ready to floss themselves. Plackers recommends adult supervision for kids up to the age of 10.
With all the write ups on oil pulling on the internet (here’s a fairly balanced, albeit skeptical article on Snopes), we’ve even given that a try! It’s not all that surprising if you haven’t heard of it. Oil pulling has been around for thousands of years, but is experiencing a resurgence with the popularity of coconut oil. Basically, the idea is that you gargle and swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes and then spit out – into your compost or trash to avoid clogging drains. The idea is that the oil works with the natural enzymes in your saliva to cleanse your mouth and maintain good oral hygiene. Some people recommend Sesame Oil or Olive Oil. Everything I read recommended rinsing your mouth and brushing your teeth after the process.
Since I already have coconut oil in the kitchen and each bathroom at our house, I decided that’s the oil we would try. Coconut oil is reported to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties that help prevent cavities, ease gum disease and stop bad breath.
Additionally, some of the oil is absorbed sublingually which some people attribute to a whole host of additional health benefits from relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis to curing heart disease. This is by no means to be construed as medical advice! Scientific, peer reviewed studies are few, but I didn’t see any harm in giving it a try as an oral hygiene aid.
Personally, I liked the clean feeling that the coconut oil left behind, although actually swishing the oil in my mouth took a little getting used to. Interest piqued? You can Google Oil Pulling or visit this link to Web MD. Notice that oil pulling is not a substitute for brushing or flossing, but does show promise in preventing gum disease, bad breath and for plaque removal.
Coconut oil is also credited with a whole host of applications from baking cookies, to improving your dog or cat’s coat and can be used to effectively remove make up, moisturize and soothe skin, hair, cuticles – just the list of applications suggests a story of its own! I’ve included a couple of affiliate links here for you. If you live near a Trader Joe’s, I love the mild coconut flavor of their product, especially in cooking. It’s a great choice for your Asian inspired and tropical dishes. (Last night. I used a combination of coconut oil and sesame oil to whip up some shrimp fried rice for dinner. Delicious!)
There are lots of brands available and prices range wildly. The Nature’s Way Coconut Oil is about half the price of the Trader Joe’s when purchased online. Many varieties are odorless and flavorless which can be welcome depending on how much you like the flavor of coconut and how you are planning to use the oil.
In any case, your dentist will still want you to floss. I’ve seen reports suggesting that you start your kids flossing as soon as they have two teeth that touch! The actual floss in these Plackers Flossers is very thin, fitting into even the tightest of spaces between teeth. The fruity flavor is mild and pleasant. I think the best thing you can do to encourage your kids to floss regularly is to floss regularly yourself. So this Flosser Friend has found a home in the medicine cabinet at our house. The Plackers Flosser Friend is available at Target stores and online for about $5.99! Refills run $2.99 for 75 flossers.
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