Best Woven Dental Floss (Alternatives to Listerine Gentle Gum Care)

by Ryan Hart

Updated on December 3, 2020

Woman flossing

In this post I reveal the best woven dental floss alternatives to Listerine Gentle Gum Care.

If you enjoy using woven floss like I do, you were probably disappointed to hear that Listerine’s Gentle Gum Care dental floss has been discontinued.

After learning this, I went on a journey to find the best woven floss on the market and was surprised by what I discovered.

Are you ready to learn more?

Woven dental floss

Let’s get started!

What's the Best Woven Dental Floss?

Here’s my top pick for the best woven dental floss now that Listerine Gentle Gum Care has been discontinued:

Top Pick: Cocofloss Woven Dental Floss

If you were ever disappointed that Listerine Gentle Gum Care floss only came in Cinnamon flavor, then you will have to try Cocofloss.

It comes in a wide range of flavors including mint, coconut, strawberry, orange, vanilla bean, and dark chocolate.

More importantly, this is actually woven floss! It is made with over 500 polyester fibers that are infused with coconut oil and lightly waxed.

According to the product page on Amazon, Cocofloss claims that using this floss feels like “a loofah for your teeth!”

Last but not least, Cocofloss is vegan and cruelty-free.

Cocofloss is my top rated alternative to Listerine Gentle Gum Care woven floss. It is currently available on Amazon in a 3-roll set for $25. Single rolls are available on their website for $9 each.

Who Makes Woven Dental Floss?

In my research I found only a few other companies that make woven dental floss similar to Listerine Gentle Gum Care.

Not all of these alternatives are actually “woven” floss but I included them because they had a similar soft feeling on my gums and did a great job at removing plaque.

Here are a few of my new favorite brands of woven dental floss:

Hayden Expanding Dental Floss

Hayden Expanding Floss is made of hundreds of nylon microfibers which are designed to remove plaque and stain deposits.

Expanding floss is unique in the fact that when it comes into contact with the saliva between your teeth it expands. The floss is coated in a mint flavored wax to hold the fibers together.

These special design features mean it can fit into small gaps between teeth while still remaining shred proof.

If you enjoyed the softness of Listerine Gentle Gum Care, you might also like Hayden Expanding Floss. It doesn’t cut into your gums like traditional floss and is comfortable to use.

It is available in a Polar Mint flavor.

Listerine Ultraclean Dental Floss

When I was shopping on Amazon for alternatives to Listerine Gentle Gum Care woven floss, the new Listerine Ultraclean floss appeared frequently.

My guess is that Johnson & Johnson created this new type of dental floss to replace their discontinued woven floss brand.

However, this product is not woven.

Instead, it is more like a tape floss with added texture. The extra texture gives more of a scrubbing feeling on your gums and teeth.

I should also point out that this floss is very stretchy. You might think it feels like flossing with a rubber band.

GUM Expanding Dental Floss

GUM Expanding Floss is made of texturized nylon and lightly coated with wax. When it comes into contact with saliva between your teeth the fibers expand, making it easier to remove plaque in hard to reach places.

It is very similar to the Hayden brand expanding floss. The unique advantage of this expanding floss is that it comes unflavored and unscented.

If you used Oral B Ultra Floss before it was discontinued, this might be a great alternative.

DrTungs Smart Floss

DrTungs Smart Floss is another popular brand of expanding floss. It is made out of hundreds of thin polyester fibers and lightly coated with vegetable and bee’s wax.

In my opinion DrTungs smart floss is soft like Listerine Gentle Gum Care but thicker than traditional woven floss after it expands.

The only differentiating factor between DrTungs and the GUM or Hayden brands is the flavor. DrTungs Smart Floss is infused with a natural cardamom flavor, which has a zesty citrus mint taste.

Has Listerine Gentle Gum Care Woven Floss Been Discontinued?

Listerine Gentle Gum Care Discontinued Announcement

Yes, it appears that Listerine Gentle Gum Care Woven Floss has been discontinued.

Over the past year I began to notice that my favorite brand of woven floss was constantly out of stock. I decided to return to using traditonal waxed floss until it reappeared in stores but it never did.

Sadly, only a small amount of Listerine woven floss is still available for sale online. Resellers are charging as much as $45 per package!

As of the time of publication, I have not received a response from Johnson & Johnson about why the product was discontinued.

Is Woven Floss Better Than Waxed Floss?

Woven floss is considered by many to be better than waxed floss because it removes more plaque. It feels soft between your fingers, yet strong.

The woven polyester fibers create a wider surface area when used between tight teeth and are gentle on sensitive gums.

Unlike traditional waxed floss, woven floss does not cut into your gums as easily. For those with delicate gums, woven floss is less likely to cause bleeding and irritation.

In my research I found that one of the top complaints about woven floss is that it shreds easily. I never found this to be a frequent problem for myself.

What is Woven Floss Made Of?

Woven floss is made of hundreds of thin nylon, polyester, or cotton fibers. The fibers are often infused with flavors, such as mint, and coated in a microcrystalline wax.

Listerine Gentle Gum Care was the most popular brand of woven floss made by Johnson & Johnson until it was discontinued in 2019. Other brands that continue to produce woven floss include Cocofloss, Hayden, and DrTungs.

Now it's Your Turn

And now I’d like to hear from you.

Were you disappointed to learn that Listerine Gentle Gum Care floss was discontinued?

What other brands of woven floss have you tried?

Either way, please leave a comment below right now.

Comment on this article:

Comments

Ryan Hart
Have you found a good replacement for Listerine Gentle Gum Care woven floss? Please leave a comment below and let me know!
GK
Thank you for your article. It sucks to not have much woven floss any more.