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Not All Floss is Created Equally

Reach for Listerine® Ultraclean®

All the non-flossers can disregard the following; this article is for the health conscious only. Let’s face it, flossing is important. It not only removes food particles but also and more importantly removes the harmful bacteria and plaque that cause dental disease. Through the years different flosses have been created, invented and reinvented to help eliminate these oral enemies.

Historically, my favorite flosses included Glide® Deep Clean floss, Bulter Gum® Expanding floss, and traditional waxed floss until now. Johnson & Johnson has recently released their new revolutionary floss Ultraclean™. I honestly couldn’t tell you what kind of filament the new floss is made of (and I did do my research), but it’s stretchy, minty, shred resistant and all-around great.

The Ultraclean™ floss differentiates itself with its exclusive Micro-Grooves™ technology. Envision a narrow, thin, flat, elastic floss with tiny vertical ridges. By design and flexibility the floss snugly hugs the tooth grabbing the plaque more effectively. It maneuvers around crowns, bridgework and restorations easily in addition to being gentle on the gums.

Other noteworthy benefits are pleasant taste, gets between teeth easily, and elasticity of floss allows the blood to continuously flow to fingertips when flossing. Be careful though, incorrect flossing may allow the floss to snap like a rubber band through the contacts of the teeth stinging the gums. Or vice versa and plaque is being flung onto the mirrors. This floss acts very much like a rubber band, be careful not to wrap it too tightly around your fingers. One correct way of flossing is as follows:

  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Flossing should be done before brushing so the plaque dislodged can be brushed away.
  • A piece of floss appropriate for flossing should be approximately the length between your wrist and elbow.
  • Roll the floss on your middle finger freeing up your index and thumb. The middle finger is longer and can reach farther back.
  • I usually have an inch or two of floss rolled out and I use the thumb and index finger for stability and control.
  • Push and pull the floss against each side of the tooth moving up and down. Like you are rubbing the plaque away along the length of the tooth from the edge down past the gums until it stops.
  • Throw away your floss after use.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; passion usually comes in the form of art or food, not dental floss. Dually noted, but once one experiences this unique floss they will understand. If you have a floss that works great for you, no need to switch, but if you’re looking for something new, the Ultraclean™ floss is one to try. It definitely has set the bar for the next generation of flossing products.

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Not All Floss is Created Equally

All the non-flossers can disregard the following; this article is for the health conscious only. Let’s face it, flossing is important. It not only removes food particles but also and more importantly removes the harmful bacteria and plaque that cause dental disease. Through the years different flosses have been created, invented and reinvented to help […]

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