Plackers surveys adults on flossing habits, Issue 10

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 16, 2012 - October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and this year’s theme is “Keep them healthy.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 16, 2012 - October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and this year’s theme is “Keep them healthy. Keep them clean.” In keeping with that theme, Plackers,   a leading provider of oral care products, surveyed Americans about their oral hygiene habits and asked why they don’t floss as often as they should.
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association recommends that people floss daily as part of their oral health routine, but studies show only about one in five people do so. In Plackers’ latest national survey of adults, 40 percent say it is because they forget and 30 percent indicate they don’t have floss handy when they need it.
Plackers, makers of the first disposable flosser, has a complete line of flossers that can be used anytime, anywhere for convenient, on-the-go oral hygiene. The survey also showed that among those who use flossers, 49 percent said they had a problem with the floss shredding and 28 percent experienced floss breakage. Plackers is the only brand of flosser to feature Super Tuffloss® high-performance floss, engineered not to stretch, shred or break during use.
“For 40 years, Plackers has been working on ways to make it easier for people to protect their smiles and enjoy good oral health,” said Jim Peliotes, vice president of marketing for Ranir, Plackers’ parent company. “Innovative features like our Super Tuffloss can help people say yes to flossing regularly.”
While most adults admit they don’t floss enough, 87 percent of parents surveyed said they wished their children would floss more. Parents indicated their kids would be more likely to floss regularly if it were easier, more convenient or if the floss tasted good. Plackers Kids flossers with fluoride are specially designed to make kids want to floss, with a tasty berry flavor and colorful, fun-shaped, easy-to-grip handles for smaller hands.
Plackers offers flossing solutions for the whole family, including the popular Micro Mint® and the new Micro Mint Travel Case for convenience on the go; advanced cleaning Twin-Line® featuring two parallel lines of floss; new GentleSlide® for people with tight teeth; and OrthoPick,® which is specifically designed for people with braces.
For more information on Plackers flossers, interdental brushes, dental tools, tongue cleaners, and night protectors, visit