Is flossing an effective method for oral hygiene?

Yvonne J.
It is because it removes food debris that would otherwise stay on the teeth causing them to decay.
William G.
Yes, it helps to remove bacteria and reduce gum disease. The bacteria that infect the gums and cause gingivitis and periodontis also travel to blood vessels elsewhere in the body where they cause blood vessel inflammation and damage; tiny blood clots, heart attack and stroke may follow. Supporting this idea is the finding of remnants of oral bacteria within atherosclerotic blood vessels far from the mouth. Floss after meals if you can. Floss at night before you brush. A clean mouth before bed reduces bacterial growth that occurs in the mouth overnight.
M Line T.
It absolutely is. How else can you get to the spaces between your teeth? That's where the most food gets stuck for the bacteria eat. Brushing only cleans the parts you can see, and that's about half of the tooth surface.
Ellen P.
I am told by dentists that daily flossing is necessary to keep teeth and gums healthy. But until now I have been unable to get motivated to do it regularly.
Waltraut T.
Absolutely. Disrupting plaque as it occurs is way better than having the dental hygienist chipping away at it!
Zeneida Q.
Flossing is a key step in for good oral hygiene and is one of the easiest ways to improve lifelong health.
Nathaniel J.
flossing is one of the most important things you can do for gum health. if you want to keep your teeth into old age you need to floss.
Siegmar Z.
Actually flossing is really good for the health especially the health of the teeth. I wish the mat flossing could be part of daily health education and eventually habits of everyone as much as brushing is necessary in our daily lives
Ariadna E.
Yes it is, for several reasons. Flossing has been shown to help diabetics, I believe with preventing heart complications. Also it reduces enamel loss and gingivitis. It also makes brushing more effective.
Lida Q.
Yes. Flossing helps keep your teeth and your gums healthy. I have struggled with flossing my whole life because my parents never taught me that habit. My husband was the one who showed me how important it is. And my dentist.
Noam Y.
Yes definetely! Even though you might be opposed to flossing every night, it’s actually proven to help your health, and your teeth!
Grzegorz Y.
Yes, it gets out all that gunk from between your teeth before or between brushings
Pamela X.
Absolutely! By removing the things stuck in your gums, you’re reducing the risl of gum disease, and the floss hitting your gums makes them stronger, and thus more able to hold your teeth! The best way to clean your teeth is by flossing AND brushing your teeth, one isn’t a replacement for the other.
Lucas B.
Yes because I find my oral health better now that I floss almost everyday than when I wasn't. Even the dentists told me that my gums and teeth are very healthy and that correlates with my constant oral health activity.
S Lvio P.
Duh! It removes the food remnants between the teeth which, if not cleaned, are perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Flossing before brushing teeth (and then brushing them the right way) is the best way to ensure that doesn't happen.
Eduardo Q.
Dentists recommend brushing your teeth and flossing. Together they are an effective method. I am not the expert, again, just communicating what the expert recommends
Constance U.

Actually, yes and no.

Flossing alone is not that effective. flossing is really effective when it is mixed with brushing teeth, with a good tooth paste, and Mouth wash.

When we eat, very small food particles stuck inbetween our teeth and gums, and in interdental spaces. These particles make a very good medium for the bacteria to grow. Thus these particles help (bacterias) in decaying our very sweet n powerful n lovely teeth. What else they do is also very important. These food particles get stick in between the teeth and gums, and thus cause inflammation of that part. This is the main reason many times of toothache. Also, these food particles decay and cause bad breath.
Flossing, actually, takes away these small food particles from the interdental area. The food particles and the bacteria in the area of gums are not dealt by the flossing. For that we need to brush the teeth and to kill the remaining bacteria and keep the inflammation away, we need to wash our mouth with good mouth wash.

Carl W.
Yes, flossing promotes gum health. Gingivitis and poor oral hygiene has actually been associated with conditions such as heart disease and GI disorders. Keep flossing!
Nicholas Z.
Absolutely! Flossing keeps your gums healthy and disease-free. Not flossing however, leaves you with inflamed gums and expensive trips to the dentist.
Tyrone F.
Flossing is imperative to oral health as you remove the food particles left behind by brushing alone. Flossing prevents bad breath, tooth decay, and gingivitis. Plus, the health of your mouth contributes to the health of the rest of your body!
Carole P.
Yes, but I like to alternate between flossing and using a toothpick that has small bristles on it.
Axel O.
Yes. Not only does flossing promote tooth and gum health, it has also been shown to prevent heart disease by preventing the ingestion of fatty plaque that can clog arteries.
Nils A.
Yes of course. It’s good for the guns and dislodges food from between the teeth. It really helps you keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Hans Hermann C.
I think so. I’ve been hearing about flossing for my whole life and how it is important. So far I’ve done it every morning for 4 days!
Victoria W.
Yes, but not on it’s own. It is very good fit for your teeth and gums but you have to make sure that you brush your teeth as well and if possible use mouthwash
Mikkel X.
Yes; Also it’s a quick win at the very end of your day that you can maintain as a perfect streak even if you haven’t had time to check off the rest of your dailies.
Jessie I.
Of course! You’ll get cavities if you don’t at least once a day.
Silas A.
Yes, my gums has stopped bleeding during brushing and my teeth has never felt so clean. I have noticed some places where the floss gets stuck and I now want to visit the dentist to make sure any damage is maintained before it gets worse.
Owen C.
Yes, it helps to remove build up between your teeth that brushing cannot do.
Katrine U.
Many dentists have said that it is! As as they've said, flossing can improve the health of your gums, thereby helping to prevent them from bleeding. … It's a fact, flossing daily (combined with brushing and a rinse) helps protect against gingivitis by removing plaque and food particles, keeping your teeth and gums healthy, while giving you a beautiful smile.
Mille Y.
Flossing has been recommended by dental professionals for as long as I can remember. It was only recently that I purchased an electric toothbrush and dental floss though. I started brushing for two minutes (the recommended time) and flossing twice a day. I am really quite amazed at how it’s changed my oral hygiene, it wasn’t even bad before! My “morning breath” is barely there anymore and my gums are very pink and healthy. This is because flossing removes the bacteria and foot scraps brushing can’t get to. That way it cleans really deeply and also strengthens my gums. It also prevents plaque build up
Sarah N.
Yes, I find that my gums feel healthier, bleed less often (barely at all now) and produce much less plaque.
Abdias T.
It's good if you still see some areas you missed with brushing. I especially do it after eating when I feel something stuck between my teeth.
Lloyd U.
Yes, it's very important for oral hygiene. It also helps keeping your gums healthy and preventing them from getting swollen.
Damien Z.
Yes it is, flossing helps you wake up and keep your mouth clean. It is good for oral hygiene because it lets you get the gunk out of your teeth.
Kevin W.
Definitely. Flossing removes material and gets to areas brushing can’t. It’s the hidden stuff that can inoculate your teeth with bacteria and compromise tooth and gum health. Also, think about gum picks/brushes as complementing the flossing too!
Luitgard O.
Teeth are truly valuable. They cannot easily be replaced. You want to keep your teeth as long and as healthy as possible. In combination with other methods, flossing is a very effective method for oral hygiene and to keep you smiling. Flossing takes food pieces out that would otherwise start rotting in between and at the bottom of your teeth. Just think about saving 600 $ in partial tooth replacement every time you floss your teeth.
Manuel Y.
Yes, it is. It gets rid of all the gunk stuck in between your teeth that may eventually become plaque.
Lyam S.
You cant clean between the teeth with a toothbrush. If you dont floss, eventually gunk builds up between the teeth and becomes solid, meaning flossing wont help anymore and so you need to go to a dentist to clean it after it becomes solid. Eventually after no flossing, the part of the gums holding your teeth in place can rot away and your teeth will fall out after a few years maybe. Fun huh? I know this cuz I started that process by not flossing enough.

Go to a dentist, and make sure you floss everyday. If you dont floss, I think it takes a few days for the gunk to become solid.

Good luck!

Nne F.
Funny how I got this question now, because I was to the dentist for a check-up earlier today! It felt really good to be able to tell her I have the habit of flossing every night! She said it was a great habit I should definitely keep up.
Janin Z.
It’s part of effective oral hygiene. It cleans between the teeth and makes it less likely for your breath to stink and it helps your gums. It also ensures no silly piece of broccoli is in your selfies!
Galina S.
It helps my breath/halitosis
Cassandra S.
Remembering to floss in the morning is an important reminder to prioritize self care when you feel pressure to get ready and start your day.
Charlotte E.
Yes! Absolutely! We need to floss at least once a day. Plaque buildup on teeth has been linked to a host of health conditions like atherosclerosis, diabetes and obesity. Floss daily to not only keep your choppers looking pretty but also maintain overall health.
Johanna G.
I think it makes my mouth feel cleaner and decrease my cavities. Based on my mental perception- I do think it helps oral hygiene.
Tai Ara B.
yes. either the waxed floss, water pick or disposable picks are going to remove the bacteria causing agents in the mouth. just once a day can improve your health. check with your dentist and/or dental hygienist for specifics.
Emma W.
Yes, it is very important to keep to gums healthy as well.
Gail S.
Yes, it helps remove plaque so your teeth don't yellow as quickly between dentist visits. It's also good for your gums – it helps remove bacteria that may be living between the gum and tooth.
Maja C.
Yes, it removes food between your teeth that favors decay and cavities
Friedhilde T.
I think that flossing the teeth as well as brushing them ensures a further clean of out of reach places where food might get stuck but may not be reachable by brushing alone. It therefore targets bad breath and in the long term the need for fillings as a result of decay where food has not been removed through flossing. Therefore in tandem with brushing and rinsing it is an effective method of oral hygiene.
Alet Ia C.

Personally, I floss because my gums bleed less and less the more consistently I do it so I’ll continue to do it daily.

Nevaeh U.
It is essential for removing built up bacteria and food
Amanda T.
Yes it is an effective form of oral care,because not everyone can afford to purchase a water pic machine. I'm not even sure if a water flosser/water pic really works as well as they claim.
Reinhilde H.
Yes, it will dislodge the lingering food bird stuck between your teeth, eliminating a breeding ground for bacteria. I find it really fun as well.
Shannon O.
Yes, flossing removes plaque from in between your teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach. I would highly recommend doing it twice a day before brushing your teeth. I think it is best to do it after each meal, but this is not always possible.
Al Xia Z.
It is very certainly better than nothing. It may be better that the water flowers because it takes less time and effort. .
Julia O.
I feel healthier during the day when I brush my teeth in the morning, and oral hygiene helps me feel confident Speaking to people in clothes proximity. I brush my teeth, and then floss, and then brush away the loosened Plack, so flossing to me is an effective method for oral hygiene, coupled with brushing, it effects many layers of my hygiene.
Barcino Q.
A study found that it was irrelevant, but why not guard against breakfast, lunch, and dinner in your teeth? I split brushing, flossing, and mothwashing between morning, noon, and night so it's just easier and there's time for each action to actually do something for me.
Heide Marie F.
Yes! I find it is keeps my mouth more healthy than just brushing. It is also satisfying to clean the spaces between teeth, you especially feel accomplished if you get something out while flossing.
Jacob F.
I think it depends on the gaps between your teeth. Those interstitial brushes can also be very effective on the larger gaps.
Jeff J.
Yes, because it helps against bad breath and you reach places a toothbrush can't reach. If I floss before bed then I don't have stinky morning breath and my teeth feel cleaner.
Estef Nia C.
Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease. Each tooth has five surfaces. If you don't floss, you are leaving at least two of the surfaces unclean.
Villads Y.
Apparently it decrease your life expentancy by 3 years if you don’t floss… also i don’t have any dental coverage so i don’t want any oral health issue that are very expensive.
Robin G.
Yes, my dentist is recommending me to do it. Sometimes I have skipped it, but now it is becoming a part of my routine 😊
Cecilie Z.
It totally is effective. For so long I wasn't doing it right though. Gotta have that technique! I'm disappointed I haven't been flossing my whole life. Cheers to making it a permanent habit
Mareen X.
By all means, Yes! It gets food particles out from between teeth and helps reduce plaque buildup around teeth and gums. However, one of those water picks works better.
Theodore J.
Its a good part of it. Bushing teeth, tounge, and gum massage abd drinking plenty of water and talkibg cakcium it also great to do as well.
Micheal W.
Yes. It removes all plaque from my mouth meaning I prevent the build-up of Tatar and the risk of gum disease. Also, it means my hygienist is happy 😆. Most of all I am relaxing before bed when I do it.
Th Odore P.
Yes, flossing helps reach in between the teeth and places the toothbrush cannot reach. It helps prevent plaque buildup and keeps gums healthier.
Cl A T.
I like to floss because it does help greatly with Oral Hygiene but also gives me time to focus on self care 🙂 it is an effective form of oral hygiene as long as used with brushing after 🙂
Peter P.
Yes , getting between the teeth and breaking up bad bacteria is necessary. Brushing alone doesn’t do that. Flossing gets what is caught between the teeth too.
Alma O.
Absolutely! Food stuck in your teeth is a hot bed for bacteria, it's beauty to pull it out. Plus flossing polishes the parts of your teeth bristles can't get to!
Dianne J.
Yes, it removes food from areas a brush does not reach and more importantly, removes tartar, the soft substance that can become hardened (plaque) and rot teeth causing cavities.
Felix F.
Yes it is. Because I feel much more cleaner when I wake up. Usually event though I brush my teeth the night before, the morning I still can feel some of the onion's taste.
Jacob Z.
It keeps my bad gums healthy. I need to floss to avoid pain later.
Leila Z.
Yes it is. Many dentists would say that it's actually more important to floss than brushing your teeth, if you do it on a daily basis.
Vincent X.
Yes it is. Flossing removes the bacteria and plaque from between your teeth. Paired with consistent thorough brushing, it's a very effective oral hygiene routine.
Felisberto C.
Yes, it’s proven to remove sticky plaque that builds up over time causing decay. If you remove it each day the dentist won’t have to scrape your teeth as much.
Nicholas C.
I believe it is. I've been flossing consistently for 5 days now and I feel a difference in the cleanliness of my teeth.
Gertrudes T.
Absolutely! Flossing cleans your teeth even better than brushing. But I would still suggest brushing up to twice a day, along with flossing.
Guy U.
Yes it is! When we eat food, bits and pieces of it can get trapped in the gumline area. Our gums provide a warm pocket where bacteria can hang out, eat our leftovers, and cause damage to our tooth enamel and gums. This leads to cavities, gingivitis and worse things. Flossing gets those food particles out of there, so the bacteria has nothing to live on.
Since I've begun flossing every night, I have noticed my breath is better and my teeth and gums look and FEEL healthier. It helps to start by using the disposable flossers that you can get at the store. They are easier to use and a great way to develop the habit.
Ed W.
Yes, it eliminates bacteria from your mouth that can lead to cardiovascular troubles in the long run.
Liliana T.
Absolutely. It cleans in between the teeth and up to 2mm below the gum line. Your tooth brush only reaches 1/2 mm below the gum line. It’s an effective way to reduce the occurrence of cavities and gingivitis between the teeth.