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Old 05-03-2012, 01:55 AM
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The Woven Dental Floss Shortage Crisis

I'm wondering if it's a local thing or a national thing...all the stores in my town
(Albuquerque) are out of Reach (Johnson and Johnson) woven dental floss.
ALL of them! At first I thought they'd discontinued it but Ebay has it for five dollars
each claiming it's "rare and very hard to find".

Does anyone else use this type of floss and is it available in your part of the country?
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:35 AM
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It's my favorite floss as well - I tend to stock up when I find it in stores. Have you tried drugstore.com?
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:37 AM
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I use it, too, and I haven't been able to find it at the grocery store or pharmacy that I usually use.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:34 AM
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I've been unable to find it, and it's what the dental hygienist recommended I use. No idea why it's rare.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:11 PM
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Holy crap, it is 9.95 at amazon. I only have one left at home, I guess I'll buy another.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:14 PM
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I've been stocking up when I find it at Wegman's. It's been hard to find here for the past year or so.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:14 PM
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Found it for 3.99 at Walgreen.com. If you order 25.00 you get free shipping, so I bought 7!!!
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:28 PM
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Montana has had some hard times.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:37 PM
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Montana has had some hard times.
There's only so many hours work a pygmy pony can be expected to do.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:25 PM
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Thank God!

I THOUGHT they were talking about a "fio dental" (link:http://www.brazilianbikinishop.com/pt/fio-dental-23/)
shortage!
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:56 AM
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I contacted J&J customer service and they told me that the
woven floss has been discontinued. No further info was available
from them.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:13 AM
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Now you have to ask yourselves if the food stuck between your teeth is flossworthy.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:33 AM
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I THOUGHT they were talking about a "fio dental" (link:http://www.brazilianbikinishop.com/pt/fio-dental-23/)
shortage!
Did you notice that those are available in XXL? That is just wrong
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:06 PM
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I contacted J&J customer service and they told me that the
woven floss has been discontinued. No further info was available
from them.
Damn it all! I too crave the exquisite clean that comes from woven (fluoridated!) floss. Guess I better check and see if the local Walgreen's has any stragglers left.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:24 AM
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shhh.... *looks side to side, then in a lowered voice* word has it that Homeland Security has determined that it is the prefered fuse for underwear bombers.

If you tell anyone that I told you, I'll have to shoot myself.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:35 AM
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I contacted J&J customer service and they told me that the
woven floss has been discontinued. No further info was available
from them.
Wait, what? Nooooo!

Stupid @#$#$ dental tape.
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:11 PM
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I just ordered 6 (SIX!) packages from Amazon for 4.99 ea. They were all out at the Walgreens (and if it isn't there - it isn't anywhere around here) - they charged 3.99 at the store - so I guess a buck more per package is worth it for another .... what? 3 years of flossing with the good stuff.
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:55 PM
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I contacted J&J customer service and they told me that the
woven floss has been discontinued. No further info was available
from them.
Seriously? I ordered a pack of 6 from Amazon.com so now I have 13! My husband thinks I am crazypants, but I love this floss.

I will be seriously sad when I'm out. I will be definitely using smaller pieces of floss to make it last as long as possible.

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Old 05-24-2012, 05:00 PM
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I THOUGHT they were talking about a "fio dental" (link:http://www.brazilianbikinishop.com/pt/fio-dental-23/)
shortage!
No danger of that. They bought three yards of fabric back in 1995 and they still haven't used it up.

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Old 09-05-2012, 03:00 PM
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Reach Woven Floss NOT discontinued!

I just contacted Johnson & Johnson. The only Reach woven dental floss that has been discontinued is the "non fluoride" floss. Reach continues to make and distribute the woven floss containing fluoride. Don't let any sales sites jack the price on you!!
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:27 PM
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Great. NOW you tell me.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:56 PM
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There's only so many hours work a pygmy pony can be expected to do.
Demand is up, so it's high time for him to dump Might Little - even though he's a good hoss - and graduate to a Case tractor.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:22 AM
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The woven dental floos shortage crisis

I will be getting a load of woven dental floss. I am happy to send some your way and not at the inflated prices, just 3.99 like at store. Will let you all know when it arrives
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:19 PM
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Since it's 2014 and this nonsense is in its ???-th iteration, and this thread is still at the top of search results…

At present the form this floss is available in is called "Johnson & Johnson LISTERINE GENTLE GUM CARE MINT FLOSS Soft, Woven Floss for Sensitive Gums".

That sounds like it's some strange alteration, but AFAIK from handling & using it, it's the same thing. It does not, AFAICT, have the offputting thick coating of "mint" or whatever that the textual description would suggest to me.

It looks like this:
http://i.imgur.com/ZBN9TOn.jpg

You can still see the pink color that the last iteration adopted to make us confused when looking for it (remember when it was just white with blue?), only now it's surrounded by an overpowering Listerine-style blue border.

It appropriately says 'NEW BRAND' in yellow at top right, because obviously every time they needlessly change this product we need to know about it and the easiest way to inform us is to make roughly 0.0005% of the bizarre new packaging & branding be yellow.

Apparently it's important that this floss be associated with a mouthwash… no doubt something to do with the genericization of the 'Listerine' brand since everyone agreed that swishing alcohol, a carcinogen that makes your gums recede, is not necessarily the best thing ever all the time.

They even acknowledge that what they're doing is super idiotic by including at the bottom the statement 'Does not contain mouth rinse ingredients'.

Anyways it's ordinarily priced, at around $3 at Walgreens; I got some for $2.40 at Winco. I presume places like Walmart will eventually stock it as they did the last iteration.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:58 PM
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I have only found it for $3.99 at Kroger (for reference my local options are: Walmart, Target, Giant Eagle, Meijer, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid), and it does not look like the one in the previous post. I believe it is pink, though.
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:02 PM
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and this thread is still at the top of search results
What search term, if I may be so bold?
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:16 PM
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Do zombies need dental floss? With all of the gum/flesh decay, I'd think much less food would get caught.
That being said, I found it in the store (for $3.49) before I realize the age of the thread.
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:26 PM
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Shame Frank Zappa still isn't around.
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:55 PM
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What search term, if I may be so bold?
'woven floss' (don't even have to specify 'crisis' or 'shortage' or "can't find", etc.)
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:01 PM
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I have only found it for $3.99 at Kroger (for reference my local options are: Walmart, Target, Giant Eagle, Meijer, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid), and it does not look like the one in the previous post. I believe it is pink, though.
White and pink is the last iteration. Expect stock of that one to slowly disappear, and eventually be replaced by the Listerine style I linked to (with a brief period of having none available at all, probably, because replacing one version of something with the new version of something doesn't seem to be any of these companies' strong suits).
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