A Review of Reach Gentle Gum Care Woven Floss

Reach Gentle Gum Care Woven Floss is recommended by Sacramento dentist Dr. Brian Steele.

In last week’s blog post we mentioned that some of our dentists have a preference for Reach Gentle Gum Care Woven Floss. This dental floss features a mint flavor and fluoride added to the woven cotton strands. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, the floss has been hard to find. Local Target stores carry the floss in the Sacramento area and our trial use of the product suggests that it might become much more common in other drug and grocery providers. Tasty, gentle and effective, this floss deserves a spot in your medicine cabinet.

Mint Flavor Worthy of Candy

The minty flavor certainly has little to do with the quality of the hygiene. Since it is a part of the product, however, we just have to write about it. This is the closest that dental floss has ever come to tasting like candy. The mint flavor persists even after you’ve finished flossing your teeth. Use this floss and you can quit buying after dinner mints.

It Really Is Gentle

Some dental flosses seem to cut into your gums, rather than clean them. Reach Gentle Gum Care deserves its name. The material never feels like its slicing into your gums, but instead rubs gently across them. If you tend to wrap your fingers with floss while using it, your digits will also appreciate the wider, softer nature of this woven product.

Reach Gentle Gum Care is recommended by our dentists.

Reach Gentle Gum Care is made from woven cotton strands that are easy on the gums while effectively cleaning your teeth.

The Weave Does Seem to Work

Woven floss is supposed to grab more plaque from the surface of your teeth. This was not a “scientific review,” but what we saw on the floss after a pass or two through the teeth seems to support the claim. One user said, “It does a very thorough job without feeling overly ‘rough.’”

Thin or Wide and Durable

Whether we tried it on a mouth with spaced or tight teeth, the floss seemed to work well for either party. For tighter spaces, you stretch the woven floss and it becomes thinner. Relaxing slightly really does make the floss wider, filling up the available space between teeth. The floss doesn’t separate easily and doesn’t leave fibers stuck between your teeth, despite the fact that it’s made from lots of smaller strands woven together, instead of one strand.

Does the Fluoride Work?

Of course, you cannot taste the added fluoride or significantly notice its effectiveness in a short trial period. You may find, however, that using it between dental cleanings improves your periodontal results. If it decreases the size of gum pockets, that seems like a definite plus! We definitely feel that Reach Gentle Gum Care Woven Floss is a worthy product. We encourage our Sacramento Dentistry Group clients to give it a try!

  • JES
    Posted at 15:49h, 14 January Reply

    After I first read this, I picked some up. You’re right, it’s hard to find but worth it. It feels like it’s just dragging out the gross stuff without hurting my gums. I hope others stores start carrying it, but for now I’ve only seen it at Target.

  • Bruce A. Frank
    Posted at 11:18h, 15 July Reply

    It is becoming VERY difficult to find. There appear to be no competitive products in store brands or from other producers.

  • Holly Hennessey-Peabody
    Posted at 11:39h, 16 July Reply

    I used to buy it all the time. It is my favorite and works the best for me. Now it is very difficult to find. Maybe those of us who love it should contact Johnson and Johnson and tell them how much we like it and ask them to produce more.

  • Superfloss
    Posted at 10:34h, 09 August Reply

    I spoke with J&J Reps and they indicated that this woven floss with fluoride has been discontinued. They indicated that It started when the floss group with J&J was merged with the Listerine Brand. Want product back on the market, write the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of J&J. Let them know their dental floss line should be taken out of the Listerine Brand or they should fire the Listerine Brand Manager.

    • RxSkipper
      Posted at 23:01h, 13 March Reply

      Yes please! I want the Reach with Fluoride back! Listerine is a known cause of ulcers in the mouth and the last think that I want is an ulcer on my gums because my floss now contains listerine instead of fluoride.

  • Boy On A Bridge
    Posted at 14:36h, 14 August Reply

    I paid $19.14 for six, 50 yard dispensers purchased online on 05/28/2013. As of today, 08/14/2014, it costs almost $50.00 for the same thing. I am looking for an alternative floss of similar design, or preferably the Reach woven product at a reasonable price. At one retail pharmacy (which, like most retailers, does not carry the product), the clerk told me that her husband uses thin yarn from the fabric store as floss. I am thinking that over.

  • Ruth Yeomans
    Posted at 12:24h, 15 August Reply

    I’m in the same boat. Can’t find the product I have depended on for years. Can’t find it on-line except an huge prices, can’t find it it local drug stores that used to carry it. At least I now know why, thanks to this comment thread.

  • Sacramento Dentistry
    Posted at 22:09h, 20 August Reply

    Check out our review of the Oral-B woven product that will appear on August 21st, 2014. The last paragraph also points you to a woven Listerine brand floss — it appears your complaints may have been heard by J & J.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:16h, 03 September Reply

    I am so disappointed to hear that J&J Reach Gentle Gum Care floss has been discontinued. How in the world can something this revolutionary be decided by “new” people coming into the company (or by new “owners”) to rob their regular customers of this product? I was willing to pay double for this floss because it was worth it. It shows an extreme disrespect by the new owners/decision makers…..perhaps they are looking ONLY at the number of sales, but that can be remedied by the marketing efforts and advertising of this outstanding product. I am repeating what others have said…..there is nothing else on the market equivalent to it. Hopefully, the smart leaders in charge will reconsider their decision and re-introduce this product.


  • Chris
    Posted at 06:07h, 12 October Reply

    No wonder the price went up so much! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I went on to Amazon to order it and it was $19.95 for one package or $79.95 for 6. I thought I wasn’t reading it correctly. I’ve been using this stuff for 10 years and would hate to have to go back to regular floss. What a shame!

    • Casey
      Posted at 15:58h, 13 October Reply

      We previously reported J& J stop making the floss. Since they merged their floss line in with their listerine brand. Now their making the woven floss with listerine instead of fluoride

      • Casey
        Posted at 07:32h, 14 October Reply

        Try writing president or CEO of j& j. Let them know u want it back. On the market. Tell them to take the floss out of listerine an give the annual company bonus to someone else who cares about their customers instead of themselves

  • JDM
    Posted at 19:21h, 11 January Reply

    I just wrote on the J&J website (submit comment). I am shocked. It was a great product!
    Please ALL of you – write comments.

  • N. Calway-Fagen
    Posted at 21:43h, 02 March Reply

    With the propensity toward interproximal (read tooth to tooth contacts) caries (decay) from early 20’s at least to mid-30’s I recommend it to almost all my patients in that age demographic…. so J & J marketing and manufacturing need to realize that their seemingly exclusive product is and has been a hit and should produce, distribute and market with vigor. Of course, doing a good job with this product will encourage competition and perhaps the price will settle reasonably. NCF @ TN DDS

    • Frank S.
      Posted at 13:44h, 03 March Reply

      J&J reorganized and put the dental floss brand under the supervision and leadership of their Listerine Brand Manager. Instead of having fluoride woven floss, you now have woven floss with Listerine. If you want the old floss back, I suggest you send a message, letter or some type of correspondance to the Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of J&J. Let them know your vision of their reorgaization. Give them an eye opener piece of correspondance. The manager of the Listerine Brand wants his bonus for 2015, writing or talking to him will be like having a discussion with a piece of dead wood. Dentist need to get in on this also, They should be the leaders, leading the charge for and with their patients to get the fluoride woven floss back on the market. The only other option is to find or petition another company to make the fluoride woven floss.

  • Jim Corrigan
    Posted at 04:19h, 05 June Reply

    I am so disappointed to hear that J&J Reach Gentle Gum Care floss has been discontinued. I have problems flossing and this is the only one that really works for me. I have ordered from Amazon but the price is getting out of reach. I am also speaking for other family members. Please help.

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