Blaque Dental Tape is a recent entry on to the dental floss market. It is actually a dental tape.
That means it is relatively wide and flat compared to normal dental floss, which is similar in shape to a thread of cotton.
The name "Blaque" is a clever pun, as it combines the words "plaque" and "black". The tape itself is unusual in that it is black - or rather, charcoal grey - in color. This looks a bit weird at first. We're all used to our dental tape being white! But there's a reason for the color.
The dark color makes it easier to see if there's any plaque on it. This helps to show if you're getting the dental floss into the correct areas, and getting the plaque out.
Here are a few photos of Blaque dental tape. You can see the thicker texture of the tape as compared to conventional dental floss. You can also see the dark color.
I started using this dental tape alongside my favorite tape, Oral B Satin Tape. I used the Blaque tape one day, and Satin Tape the next, alternating each day.
The slightly thicker feel of the Blaque product makes it easy to get hold of, and wrapping a couple of inches around each of my middle fingers, I was ready to go!
At first, I thought the Blaque tape might be a little too thick to slip between my teeth easily.
It certainly feels thicker than the Satin Tape. But it is also quite slippery, and I found that it popped between my teeth without any problems.
Once in place between 2 teeth, it was easy to see, thanks to the color, and easy to keep a grip on. The wax coating seems to help it grip my fingers more than other tapes or flosses.
It moved up and down between my teeth with little resistance, and slipped under my gum edges nice and easily.
Again, the tape looks thicker to the eye than the Satin Tape, but handles and behaves like a much thinner tape. I think the dark color makes Blaque look thicker than it actually is.
One thing I noticed about the Blaque tape after a week or so of use; it is extremely shred-resistant. In fact, I can't recall it shredding once while I have been using it. Normally, when I'm flossing between a couple of particularly tight teeth, I can even get the Oral B Satin Tape to shred a bit, so I have to admit that I'm impressed by the performance of the Blaque product. It's a non-shred dental tape! I used to hate trying to get shredded dental floss out of between my teeth!
I also found that the packet of Blaque tape seemed to last forever. When I inspected the box a bit more closely, I found that it comes in a 50 meter roll, rather than the 25 meters that most other floss or tapes come in. That's double the length!
The makers claim that the new tape is waxed and minted.
From the way it seems to slip between my teeth despite it's thicker feel, that waxing process seems to work well, without excessive waxiness. The mint flavor is very low-key. In fact, it's almost non-existent!
Now, I'm 60 years old, so it's possible that my aged taste buds don't pick up flavors like they used to. But on a positive note, the mint flavoring is certainly not over-done or overly-strong.
Overall, I've been very impressed with Blaque dental tape. As the weeks have gone by, I have found myself reaching for the Blaque rather than the other dental tapes and dental flosses that I have lined up in my bathroom.
As a new product from a relatively small manufacturer, Blaque is not yet generally available in stores or pharmacies. In fact, at the moment, Blaque is only available in the United Kingdom, from a company called UK Dentistry, and also direct from the manufacturer - email Tom Oswald personally at email@example.com and ask for for Blaque tape.
In due course Blaque dental tape should become available internationally. It's head and shoulders above all other types of floss and tape that I have tried.
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Page written by dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell