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.
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!