Cleaning between your teeth removes plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque build-up contributes to tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental floss helps removes food particles from between the teeth and under the gumline. It’s recommended that you floss daily.
There are other products that can help you clean between your teeth: dental tape (like floss, but flatter and wider); dental picks; pre-threaded flossers; interdental brushes that reach between the teeth; water flosser; or wooden or plastic sticks.
Talk to your dentist about what types of interdental-care products will be most effective for your individual needs and the proper techniques for each.
Tips for Flossing
Step 1: Take a length of floss equal to the distance from your hand to your shoulder.
Wrap it around your index and middle fingers, leaving about two inches between your hands.
Step 2: Slide the floss between your teeth and wrap it into a "C" shape around the base of the tooth and gently under the gumline. Wipe the tooth from base to tip two or three times.
Step 3: Be sure to floss both sides of every tooth. Don't forget the backs of your last molars. Go to a new section of the floss as it wears and picks up particles.
Step 4: Brush your teeth after you floss - it is a more effective method of preventing tooth decay and gum disease.