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Many dentists and dental hygienists recommend woven dental floss for our patients.  Its fibrous texture does a great job of removing the plaque which can cause irritated gums, which we call gingivitis, and bone loss around the teeth, which we call gum disease.  For years, the best, and possibly only, woven dental floss on the market was Reach Gentle Gum Care.  But in the past few years, it’s been getting harder and harder to find in the stores.

Well, it appears that Johnson and Johnson has moved woven dental floss from its Reach division to its Listerine division.  They’ve kept the same basic name (now it’s called Listerine Gentle Gum Care).  It has the same woven texture, which is most important.  And it still says it’s mint flavored on the packaging.  But it’s a different “mint” flavor than the Reach version.  It has what some describe as a cinnamon flavor to it.  And  it no longer contains fluoride, which isn’t really a very big deal.

So if you’ve been looking for the woven dental floss that many dentists and dental hygienists recommend, look no more for Reach.  Instead, look for Listerine Gentle Gum Care.  If you don’t see it in your local market or Target, ask the manager if they can order some.  The more people who ask for it, the easier it will be to find in the future.

Dr. Steve
Roseville Family Dentist

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