Choosing Furniture for a Child’s Bedroom

Every parent wants their children to be comfortable somewhere in the home, in a room that they can call their own. It is in this place where their child can be on their own – where he or she can sleep, rest, read and even entertain friends. They might not have the money to choose and pay for furniture and decorations, but most parents, thinking logically, would agree that if the child has an input into the design and furnishing of this space, then they will feel more comfortable in it.

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There are some practical considerations, which include ensuring that the furniture is both comfortable and safe. This includes effective storage areas, a safe and comfortable bed, fashionable chairs and all in modern airy colours.

 

Choose furniture to suit the child’s activities and interests

 

Most bedrooms need a bed, a dresser and a bedside table. The rest of the furniture will be dependent on the child’s activities on a daily basis. To encourage reading, a set of bookshelves would be useful. A desk or a table would ensure that your child has a place suitable to complete homework and for placing a computer.

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Remember, no matter what type of bed you want for your kids bedroom – Single; Bunk Beds; kids Cabin Beds; High Sleepers, ensure it suit their requirements and storage space of the room. Before you buy furniture, make a plan and take measurements of the room to ensure that the furniture will fit into certain places in the room. It must fit neatly into the allocated place; otherwise, your child may feel uncomfortable if he or she has to squeeze past a piece of awkwardly placed furniture. Before purchasing furniture, it’s worth mapping out the room so everything that is to be bought fits in nicely and artistically too.

 

Furniture should fit in place and be safe

 

Furniture that has multiple purposes, particularly pieces that are built-in to the shape of the room makes far better use of available space. For example, consider a bed with built-in shelves or drawers that are fitted beneath the bed itself. This allows the child to stow things like clothes and toys in a neat place that doesn’t interfere with the open spaces in the room.
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When a table, a set of chairs and some drawers are sought then texture and colour play a significant role. Unpainted wood looks nice when unpainted, but it soon loses its special shiny appeal after dirt and scuff marks begin to appear.

 

Painted surfaces on furniture are far more durable. Just a simple wipe with a damp clothe can renew the surface in seconds as long as a hardwearing, durable paint is used in the first place. Any parent should ensure that painted surfaces are free from toxic substances. Many older paint compounds have lead mixed into them, but with care any parent should have no problem selecting lead free products.

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If the space is available in your child’s room, a play table could be purchased and fitted in to an appropriate place. This offers the opportunity for your child to develop skills and activities important for child development, like writing, reading, drawing, the solving of puzzles, craft making and computer skills.

 

 

Top Ten Gadgets for Guys

Everyone loves a good gadget and in this era of technology, gadgets are everywhere. As Christmas draws rapidly nearer, the risk of bad gadget gifts from distant family members increases. To try to avoid this annual issue, we’ve compiled this list of super cool gadgets that you will actually want for Christmas. So why not scribble these down on your Christmas list and erase rubbish gifts this year?

 

1. The Smart Phone Projector is a gadget everyone should have.

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With this easy to use portable projector, you simply slot your Smart phone into the secure silicone grip, turn on the projector and turn out the lights. This enables you to turn any room into a cinema, easily sharing videos with friends and family this Christmas. This gadget will leave you wondering why you never had one before. Smart Phone Projector from I Want One of Those.com: http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gift-gadgets/smartphone-projector/10939014.html

 

2.) Eye Scope is the iPhone attachment we’ve all been waiting for.

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Giving you up to 8x zoom of superb quality magnification, it has finally overcome that tricky issue of pixellation that phone camera zoom notoriously suffers from. Fitting to your device with a handy bracket, the Eye Scope comes complete with lens cap, carry case and mini tripod. Saving you the trouble of carrying around a bulky camera in addition to your iPhone, this is a great piece of portable kit for the budding photographer on the go. Eye Scope iPhone Zoom Lens from Genie Gadgets: http://www.geniegadgets.com/eye-scope-zoom-lens-iphone.html

3.) This fantastic multi-game machine allows you to relive bygone days, through playing a range of classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga and Galaxian.

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This nostalgia-inducing machine is compact enough to fit in an unused space in your home, allowing you to have your very own arcade machine to play on for free whenever you like, time and time again. Why not grab a pack of beers and get your mates over to see if they can beat your high score? Or show the younger generation of your family what they missed out on with these simple, but highly addictive original arcade games from back in the day. Namco Pac-man Party – http://www.homeleisuredirect.com/arcade_machines/new_namco_arcade_machines/pac-man-arcade-party-upright-home-arcade-machine.html

 

 

4.) This awesome Marvel Comics 3D Iron Man Mask Wall Light is made to look like it’s bursting through your wall.

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It looks fantastic during the day with a smooth metal effect finish and looks great lit up at night with its glowing eyes. Complete with impressive fake cracking wall sticker, the light is mounted directly on top, looking particularly effective as the light is it battery powered and cordless. This gadget would be an exciting addition to any setting, from a bedroom, living room or kitchen, to an office, den, garage or games room environment and will be popular with visiting friends. Marvel Comics 3D Iron Man Mask Wall Light from Truffle  Shuffle: http://www.truffleshuffle.co.uk/store/marvel-comics-3d-iron-man-mask-wall-light-p-16071.html

5.) There are many iPhone speakers available on the market this year, but for a certain generation out there, the iRecorder iPhone Speaker will be the coolest pick of the bunch.

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Made in the style of a retro 1980s/1990s cassette player, it will be a blast from the past for many of us who owned portable cassette players the first time round! With real working buttons, including play/pause, fast forward, rewind and volume, the memories of hours spent making mix-tapes   will come flooding back. it is easily transportable through an old school pull out handle and will be the envy of all of your mates. iRecorder Retro iPhone Speaker from Men Kind: http://www.menkind.co.uk/irecorder

6.) The Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster should be on every guy’s Christmas list this year.

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This amazing machine will cook you up a perfectly done tasty American style hotdog in minutes, with the minimum of effort on your part. It works just like a toaster, with room for two regular size hot dogs and two open buns, and with adjustable settings, so you can make your ideal hot dog with a nice toasty bun to go with it in no time. This is great for catering for your guests at parties, who will be delighted by this classic looking machine and can have fun by adding a range of their own toppings. Also handy for preparing a quick and tasty snack at home for one. I can’t wait to get mine! Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster from The Hut: http://www.thehut.com/gift-home-office/smart-retro-pop-up-hot-dog-toaster/10954419.html

 7.) This stunning C Compact Camera model from Leica is the most stylish digital camera on the market.

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It has a whole range of handy features such as full-HD video, outstanding 7x zoom and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 software along with integrated Wi-Fi which allows you to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to your laptop or smart phone wirelessly. With its compact size you can get high quality digital photos wherever you are, without carrying around a bulky camera and sharing your images has never been simpler. Where have you been all my life? Leica C Compact Camerafrom  Selfridges: http://www.selfridges.com/en/leica-leica-c-compact-camera_695-10044-LEICLUXLIGHTGOLD/

 

8.) These super fun little creatures will keep you entertained throughout the Christmas holiday.

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Controlled with your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch through an IR transmitter that connects to your headphone jack and a free downloadable i-Robot App, you can have fun experimenting with these wireless creepy crawlies throughout the Christmas holidays. These little critters have light up body parts and come with a USB charger, taking only 20 mins to reach full charge. With a 6 meter range, you can scuttle around like a bug to your heart’s content, frightening unsuspecting bug-loathing humans or seeing what your pets make of them. iRobot Bugs from Firebox: http://www.firebox.com/product/6242/iRobot-Bugs?via=gf

 

9.) A remote control helicopter is the envy of every man, no matter what their age.

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The S33 3CH 2.4G Remote Control Helicopter, is perfectly designed for outdoor flight due to its large nose-to-tail length. This model will give you a high level of control thanks to the on-board gyroscope and a whole host of stabilisation features. This married with a secure signal frequency, gives you a fantastic response all-round and a breath-taking flying experience overall. This model is manufactured to be a joy to ride, so this Christmas it’s time for you to take over the control panel and let others fill the role of the jealous on-looker. S33 3CH 2.4G Remote Control Helicopter from Hawkin’s Bazaar: http://www.hawkin.com/2-4g-helicopter-s33

 

10.) Always fancied yourself as a DJ?

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With this gadget you can show off your mixing skills by seamlessly cross fading across two devices including MP3 players, and iPhones to laptops. You can be your own DJ at parties and get-togethers, keeping the atmosphere going by selecting your tracks and merging them like a pro. You can also practice your skills by listening in private via the headphone jack, before releasing your skills on your mates. iPod Track Mini Mixer from Find Me a Gift: http://www.findmeagift.co.uk/gifts/mini-mixer.html

Now you should have at least 10 great gift requests to go on your Christmas list this year. Make sure it’s passed around your extended family so you aren’t lumbered with more novelty ties, mouse mats or stress-balls this festive season.

The Fragrant Electric Candle

Getting home from another hard day at work, maybe the kids have been taken off your hands for a few hours, possibly a romantic night ahead to plan. Time to relax in the bath, unwind on your favourite sofa with your favourite novel or lose yourself in your favourite television program. Maybe time to prepare a meal to impress. All familiar scenarios of everyday life, all so often enhanced by many of us with candlelight, with the pleasant aroma of a fragrant scented candle that has the uncanny power to accompany and improve any setting and any mood. Candles create calming atmospheres for people, the scent enriching the comfort and safety of the home.

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Yet not everyone likes the idea of a naked flame around their house, whether unattended or not, but they should not miss out, and with an electric candle they do not have to. These clean, easy to use candles provide all the ambience and scents of the traditional candle. Mix and match scents and get a style to suit the different seasons, all at the switch of a plug. How handy an idea is that?

If you are thinking of an electric candle to help you through the winter months, then try a Yankee Candle Brown Leaf electric melts warmer. This earthy candle will help bring a homely feel to those longer winter evenings, creating a relaxing environment in which to settle down and enjoy. Alternatively the Astbury electric wax burner is available in a range of styles to fit every season. It is down to whatever takes your mood.

 

Electric Melt warmer

Electric wax melts warmers allow you to enjoy all the benefits of a wax melt without needing the naked flame. The easily replaced wax melt is heated electrically from beneath to create all the soft light and fragrances of a scented candle. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the benefits, without the worry of a flame in your house. Whatever time of the year, whatever stress levels have been building, whatever the following day has planned for you, at least for a moment in time you can shut out the outside world and indulge.

See more ideas at  Yankee Candle UK

 Disclosure: I was given a selection of Yankee candle products for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Encouraging Your Child To Play Safe And Independently

Most parents are aware that they should be encouraging their children to partake daily in independent play, as it is essential to their development and education, but many find it difficult due to clingy children and worries over safety. As during independent playtime, young children are continuing to develop their motor skills, emotional understanding and confidence, all of which forms a valuable skillset that will be used throughout their lives, parents should make a special effort to encourage this activity. As much as it is important to encourage children to play independently, it is also essential that parents promote safe play to prevent serious accidents. Through a number of ways, parents can encourage their children to have fun whilst playing independently and safely.

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Designated Play Areas

One of the easiest ways to promote safe and independent play is by having designated play areas. Parents should discourage their children from playing in certain areas in the home such as the kitchen and bathrooms by showing that these rooms are not fun to play in, and only keep toys in the room that are considered safe, so that when children want to play they will naturally go to these places.

By having others areas that are shown as more fun places to play, parents can easily prevent their children from playing in hazardous areas that have a heightened risk of dangers and accidents. If struggling to keep children away from these areas, or from playing independently, parents may want to use baby gates to keep them in the play areas to encourage them to continue or begin their lone play.

Safety Equipment

When prompting independent play, it is especially important to make sure that the area that they are playing within is safe as you will not be supervising the activities. In lounges, you will want to consider installing safety plugs and DVD protectors to stop little hands damaging themselves and electrical items.

If a parent wants to encourage independent play in their home’s garden, then they will want to make sure that the area is safe. Using safety surfacing, like this, on hard outdoor surfaces will help prevent serious accidents should a child trip or fall.

Discuss the Risks

For smaller children this might not be possible as they may not necessarily understand the concept of safety, but parents may want to consider discussing the risks of certain items and why it is important not to touch them during independent play. Although teaching of potential accidents is useful for preventing to help prevent them, parents should be gentle in their approach as to not scare their children off play entirely and leave them wanting to cling to their parents more.

A Variety of Activities

When trying to get your child to begin independent play, it is important that they are introduced to a wide variety of activities. Parents can use different forms of play to help their child be more independent in their activities. For example, board games are a great way to play together as a family, whereas playing with figures is a more independent activity, so when a child starts to play with figures, a parent could use this as a time to distance themselves from their child and allow them to play independently.

Upcycling Jewellery – Such a Great Idea !

Upcycling is the practice of turning unwanted objects into something more useful or desirable. It is a phenomenon that is gaining momentum in the world as people become more conscious of the importance of recycling and sustainability.

 

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The three Rs, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, play their part in the upcycling process. Upcycling gives people the opportunity to live sustainably without surrounding themselves with rubbish. From neat wallets made from juice cartons to jewellery made out of unwanted family heirlooms, upcycling offers various creative options to take advantage of the ‘rubbish’ in your life. If you don’t want to wear jewellery made out of rubbish consider upcycling your family gold. Dust off the cobwebs from those dated pieces in your jewellery box and upcycle them into something contemporary that you will love to wear. Forget about pawn shops, make yourself a new treasure at Baroque.
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Gold, from time immemorial, has been an important global industry, and one which has a very dirty side: today the methods of extraction are extremely bad for the environment and are often socially exploitative, too. For example, cyanide is generally used in extracting gold, which pollutes water sources and furthermore, miners are often exploited by mining companies as well.

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However, you don’t need to support this destructive industry to have the pleasure of wearing gold. There is another way. There is the upcycing way, which is guilt free and ethically sound. Reusing gold already in circulation, like your old family heirlooms, is a sustainable option that won´t damage the earth or create social injustice.

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At Baroque, every old piece of jewellery can be upgraded to an original modern jewel. Like a sort of alchemy, upcycling brings forgotten gold back to life. The jewellery can take the same form as the original piece or it could be transformed into something completely new. However you upcycle your jewel, you´ll have a stunning up-to-date piece to be proud of, an heirloom you’ll actually wear with pleasure. Upcycling is an economical way to create a timeless jewel that will serve you for a life time. And don’t worry if you don’t have any heirlooms hidden away, you can still invest in ethical gold with Baroque, which is a Fairtrade Fairmined Jewellers.
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Baroque has a whole collection of jewellery made from upcycled gold: the Molten Collection. Old metal is melted down, reused, reinvented and transformed into unique handmade designs.

 

Website: http://www.baroquejewellery.com

Hotel Chocolat: Easter Range Review – Yummy!

It is almost unimaginable to think of a chocolate lover who has not heard of Hotel Chocolat, the brand that brings you exclusive chocolates made from cocoa that is grown in their own plantations in Saint-Lucia and Ghana. If you indeed belong to that small percentage of people who haven’t tasted their heavenly chocolates, allow me to give you a little background. Starting as a small chocolatier almost two decades ago with catalogue selling under the name Geneva Chocolates, moving on to Choc Express and finally to Hotel Chocolat, today the company has 70 stores across UK, and even a unique hotel and restaurant, set amongst the plantations.

With Easter just round the corner, I was approached by Hotel Chocolat asking me to publish my review on their Easter Range of Chocolates that are not just finger-licking delicious but also uniquely designed and packed, making for perfect Easter gifts. To begin with, it’s a broad range which has something to suit all tastes and pockets.

Extra Thick Easter Egg

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You can take your pick from the perfect extra thick eggshells that hide small, alcohol-free egglets in a variety of funny, smiley shapes and fruity flavors packed in a glittery box tied with a ribbon to packs of tiny or medium-sized chocolate eggs in custom packs.

Champagne Egglets

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Depending on the recipient of the gift, you can choose a milk chocolate egg or champagne egglets that are filled with premium champagne and pink champagne truffles.

City Bunnies Milk-Free Milk

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In case you want to pick chocolates without dairy content, they also have a milk-free range containing cocoa and almond powder.

The one that I could not help but pick for my 6 year old daughter was the Big City Easter Bunny. It came in a transparent pack and is basically a hollow milk chocolate in the shape of a bunny, all dressed to party!

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The one that I must mention for its uniqueness is the Splat Egg Caramel, which is a caramel milk chocolate egg that comes with a colorful white chocolate splat. Another unique chocolate egg was the diamond-faceted Easter egg made up of 65% cocoa supermilk chocolate.

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Of course, if you are buying it as a family gift, Hotel Chocolat’s Easter Range has a number of choices in The Easter Family Collection which has milk and white city bunnies, dark city bunnies, chirp and hop chocolate slabs, varieties of egglets, and yes, a Big City Bunny, all for just £35 and packed in a transparent gift box.

I found my perfect Easter gift at Hotel Chocolat and I am sure you would too.

Disclaimer:  I was sent a selection of Easter chocolates for the purpose of this review. All wordings are my own.

Bring Spring to Your Table

Spring will soon be in the air! If this stirs you to clean and declutter, don’t overlook kitchenware and dining accessories. Bright colours get us through winter, but lighter shades and organic materials such as glass and wood, are more in keeping with this season of renewal.

Scarlet Willow‘s glass platter Salad Days sets a pattern of cream radish leaves on a soft green background, while Connie is pale mossy green, like newly sprouting undergrowth in a wood. The leaf pattern on Phoebe looks stunning against a pale sky blue. The Salad Days design is lovely on a glass bottle for oil or vinegar, too – or both, if you prefer a dressing. On other glassware, filigree vases and jugs sprout clusters of wild flowers.

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Natural materials do seem appropriate at this time of year as things start to grow. Our own mighty British oaks are the source for egg cups and stands, pizza boards and wine racks, while an ingenious swivel lid on the olive wood salt keeper is invaluable to the cook of the family.

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Trays are essential for moving food and drink. And then transform them into occasional tables by adding stands – go for stunning Susan Crawford horse paintings that cover ebonised oak glass bottomed trays. Or choose the Walnut Tray in dark walnut wood, with lime green or pale blue trim, ideal for displaying bottles, etc. on your table or in the kitchen, or as an accessory on a side table. Never mislay your keys again! Chopping boards with white trims complement this range. Don’t forget to wear a personalised apron as you serve!

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Spring is filled with birdsong! Scarlet Willow’s collaboration with Anna Wright has produced placemats, servers and coasters whose exotic prints will look as good on your dinner table as on the dresser. Her matching mugs feature goldfinches, and three that we’re unlikely to encounter on a springtime walk in the UK – bee eater, blue cockatoo, and sunbird – but they will brighten your day, nevertheless. A jug sporting a rather dapper quail completes the set.

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Set your table with prints of mouth watering pears, quinces, raspberries and strawberries, bursting from Kitchen Garden napkins and tea towels. Complement them with a curvy translucent acrylic jug in a fruity red that is the colour of opening buds, and contrast it with the lush green of an acrylic oil dispenser. Place silver plated fern tea light holders along the table, and you’re ready to celebrate the arrival of spring with Scarlet Willow!

Looking For An Easier Way To Clean Your Teeth?

Looking for an Easier Way to Clean Your Teeth? New 3-D Invention Intended to Replace Toothbrushes

Everytime you watch a commercial or see an advertisement, there is some new product that promises better, faster, easier results. Products are constantly being improved and remade to satisfy consumer wants and needs. Whether we want it or not, new products are being put on the market daily. Even though inventions are made to simplify our lives, many of these ideas aren’t practical or useful.

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In the dental world products like teeth whitening, mouth wash, cavity reducing toothpaste and minty floss are always coming out. There is a demand for clean, white, straight teeth which is why we buy the various teeth products and spend thousands of dollars on our teeth. We value our teeth and will use things that we think benefit them. Some of the things that are being targeted to clean our teeth may be miracle workers but some are just better as an idea.

6 Second Clean?

The newest invention in the dental market promises to clean your your entire mouth in a couple of seconds without a toothbrush. The idea of this invention by Blizzident has basically replaced the need for a traditional toothbrush and any of the American Dental Association’s recommendations. The new product is supposed to replace the need for brushing, flossing and cleaning the tongue. The toothbrush Blizzident invented is in the shape of a mouthguard. Using a mold of each person’s mouth they customize the mold and attach hundreds of teeth cleaning bristles. To get your teeth clean you place the mold in your mouth and bite down. The bristles will then go in various directions to provide an adequate clean. Blizzident states that their intention was to make an effective teeth cleaning tool and the speed of the toothbrush was an added bonus. Although this six second toothbrush invention would cut some time off our oral hygiene routine, many dentists oppose the idea that this new toothbrush will be effective at properly cleaning our teeth. Some dentists say that the new six second toothbrush doesn’t allow enough time for the fluoride in toothpaste to thoroughly clean your teeth. Dentists are also skeptical of the impact the cleaning will have on our teeth in the future.

Normally dentists recommend at least 2 to 3 minutes of brushing followed by regular flossing. This process is to make sure we are properly cleaning in between our teeth, tongue and any surface area to prevent plaque build-up. The American Dental Association also recommends that we replace our toothbrushes every 2-4 months so our toothbrushes don’t get worn down. These are all recommendations to assure healthy teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association and dentists recommend things like traditional toothbrushes and flossing regularly because they can prove that it works effectively. The reasons behind the skepticism of the 3-D six second toothbrush is because there is not enough proof that it is better or able to properly clean your teeth. The price tag for this special toothbrush is quite expensive at $299 although it only needs to replaced yearly for additional $89. Traditional toothbrushes are inexpensive, easy to get, and proven to work.

A six second teeth cleaning sounds great in theory but sticking to a traditional method may be best for proven results. Whether you use this tool of not make sure that whatever you do use can adequately remove plaque, clean in between your teeth and remove bacteria. Healthy teeth and gums is very important and you want to make sure you are using the right tools to do the job.