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by Julie Finch-Scally

The dentist says we should floss regularly, but I am finding that doesn’t always work for me.

You know what it is like.  You’ve had chicken or some beef and a piece has become stuck in between one of those back teeth.  You floss backwards and forwards, but still feel there is something there.  It is not until the next morning while scrubbing your teeth that the offending piece of meat is finally dislodged.

Now I guess many people who are vegetarians will tell me that if I didn’t eat meat I wouldn’t have this problem.  But as I find the same problem occurs when I eat raw celery or some of those stringy leafy green vegetables, I am sure vegetarians suffer just as much as meat eaters. 

A few years ago I got so fed up with this little problem I started to look for other options to remove the debris between my teeth.  There were quite a few. The first were little brushes wound round metal which came in various thicknesses.  These were not bad, but the metal bent easily and to clean between all the teeth in my mouth I had to use two or three brushes. 

I didn’t give up and finally discovered some plastic brushes.  There was a similarity to the metal brushes, but these seemed to have more strength when I pushed the brush through the gaps.  The shape of the stick itself reminded me of a pack of toothpicks with bristles.  When I used them I instantly knew I had removed any debris because I could feel it sitting on my tongue ready to be rinsed out of my mouth.  It also relieved the pressure caused by the invading morsel sitting between my teeth.

When I was younger I didn’t have this problem but I know as one gets older the teeth move.  I also know I am not the only person plagued with this problem hence the encouragement by the dentists to regularly floss. 

But maybe there is more to this.  I really think the dentists ask us to floss to keep down the plaque in between the teeth more than just to remove any caught debris. But for removing offending matter stuck in between the teeth I find the plastic brushes so much more efficient than the floss.

Of course I still do as my dentist advised me and floss regularly, but now I have found these great plastic brushes for removing all that left over stringy bits of food, my mouth feels a whole lot better and my teeth more comfortable. 




Plumbing problems

by Julie Finch-Scally

There can be nothing more annoying than having a shower in a bath where the water doesn’t run away fast enough.  This has been happening in the unit where I am currently staying. 

Obviously it is worse when I wash my hair because all that foam from the shampoo stays on the top of the water and leaves a scum as the water drains away.

There is an easy solution.  Get a kettle or jug full of boiling water and when the bath is completely empty pour the boiling water down the drain hole.  This should fix it.

Now it so happens I tried this but unfortunately it didn’t work.  Oh it was a bit better, but not the rapid removal of water down the drain as I would have liked.  What to do?

Thankfully there was a product in the cleanser section of the local supermarket that was a special solution for cleaning drains.  These products are available in most supermarkets because blocked drains are a worldwide problem.  Whereas once the drain clearing products were made with caustic soda, now a days most are made with bio-degradable products so there is no harm to the environment.

Most blockages in drains are from hair.  Long strands of hair congeal with soap residue and stick to the sides of the pipes and form a plug.  The drain clearing products dissolve the soap and allows the plug of hair to wash away down the pipes.

When hubby and I got the product home he poured about 20ml down the drain hole, and left it there to do its work.  About ten minutes later I poured a jug full of boiling water down the drain hole.  As I poured the water into the drain I expected lots of froth to bubble up over the edge of the hole, but it didn’t.  I poured slowly and although some froth came up out of the hole it didn’t take over.  Pouring slowly was the answer because as the water went down the hole eventually so did the bubbles.

Of course the proof of whether it worked would be the following morning when we had a shower.  And yes, it worked.  As we showered standing in the bath the water flowed down the drain as it should.

Now I can look forward to washing my hair and not worrying about the froth from the shampoo getting stuck on the bottom of the bath causing scum.  

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