Floss packaging gives dental patients something to smile about
Posted by Jenni Spinner, Senior Editor -- Packaging Digest, 3/4/2013 8:05:00 AM
Flossing can be a challenge for most patients, especially those who have braces, bridges, implants and other unique oral hygiene needs, therefore it often is neglected. In fact, three out of four people do not floss regularly. To help patients and improve overall oral health, Sunstar GUM has developed EasyThreadFloss - the first major innovation in the threader category in many years - designed to improve flossing habits and compliance by providing:
—Better Oral Hygiene and Less Waste. The EasyThread Floss is packaged within a traditional floss dispenser that effectively isolates each strand to eliminate tangles and waste, while the lidded plastic case keeps floss clean until it is ready to use. To further reduce waste, a rewind feature was added to ensure that only the proper amount of floss is dispensed. Sample envelopes containing five individual strands are also available for patient in-home trial.
—Comfort for the Patient. Experts agree that current threaders on the market are either too stiff and may risk hurting patients' gums, or too flimsy and may wear out before the whole mouth gets cleaned. Designed with comfort in mind, each strand of puffy EasyThread Floss features durable threader sections on both ends that are the ideal stiffness - less likely to irritate gums, yet stiff enough to access hard-to-reach areas. By adding threader sections to both ends of the floss it essentially doubles the useful life of each strand.
Additionally, the number of patients requesting restorations, such as crowns, bridges and implants, is expected to grow. Consumers should want to protect the investment they are making in these restorations through the use of specialized, easy-to-use products that have been recommended by dental professionals.
"EasyThread Floss has the potential to create better flossing habits and improve overall oral health for many patients with unique flossing challenges," says Dr. Richard Demke , DDS, Sr. Director, Technology and New Product Development.
Source: Sunstar Americas Inc.
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