Why do I need to floss my teeth? How can it help?

Bethan P.
Flossing helps because it dislodges any food from between the teeth, which prevents them from decaying. By looking after your physical wellbeing you are taking care of your mental health. If you are happy with and confident in your appearance this helps you maintain a positive outlook. As a result you will show off your smile more often and have a greater sense of overall wellbeing.

C I.
It helps keep plaque at bay (and I've gotten better feedback at my dental checkups since I started taking it seriously). Floss gets in between the little parts of your teeth that your brush can't reach. Not to mention it's a godsend when a pesky piece of food gets stuck in your teeth.

Victoria T.
It's an easy task that takes less than 3 minutes to do and it reduces gum bleeding and inflammation as well as makes 6 month dental cleanings easier, quicker and less painful.

Christina O.
My challenge is remembering to Floss and sticking to it even when I'm tired. I start off okay but over time I put it off to another time and fall off routine. What helps you to keep up a flossing habit?

Alisha Y.
To floss your teeth, you need floss 😂 also you need to set aside an extra 2-3 minutes when restarting/starting to floss, you will hurt and even bleed for about a week while your gums get used to being cleaned. It helps prevent plaque buildup which cause cavities.

Taylor R.
Dental work is extremely expensive and uncomfortable. Do yourself a huge favor and spend just 60 seconds a day flossing to help avoid the future physical and financial pain of extractions, fillings, bridges, and gum surgeries.

Maurit Nia A.
I floss my teeth at the end of the day. It is in my evening ritual. It is a way of slowing down and telling me that it is time to go to sleep. And it is good for my health.

Mattia N.
Flossing helps you remove food from spots your toothbrush can’t reach and prevent subgingival tartar. Flossing daily will keep your gums healthy, preventing irritation and bleeding and it also lowers the chances of getting cavities

Anda C.
It can help get rid of bad breath and from experience I can say that it prevents cavities- I never flossed for years and I got cavities right between some of my teeth and it isn't pretty

Diana Z.
I need to floss my teeth primarily to take care of my oral health which contributes to my overall health. In ensuring that my teeth are well taken care of it, I am able to spare money when it comes to dental fees and dental related stress and pain. Also, developing the habit of flossing can also serve as a potential foundational point for creating a good evening habit to unwind and be productive for the next day.

Erin Y.
I floss almost everyday, and I’m not exactly sure why but I do know that my dentist is very happy about my flossing habits. I know it helps get food from out between your teeth but I don’t know much else. I just searched it up and it said that flossing reduced and removes plaque From between the teeth which helps you to have a healthier mouth. And prevent gum diseases.

Sarah N.
After accepting the challenge of flossing teeth Every night, I have noticed a difference of feeling better in The morning and less fatigued throughout the day. I’ve also have better dreams after completing the evening routine. As for flossing teeth I believe it helps long term to reduce the amount of plaque buildup in the body and especially the brain. Less plaque leads to better health with healthy habits.

Aleksandra S.
Flossing is even more important than brushing. Cavities in your teeth are creating because of the debris left after eating. Good flossing is important because it helps to remove the debris and bacteria from in between your teeth and gums. Google, how to floss properly and what are the best kind of floss. If you've never flossed it can be hurtful at the beginning but your gums will get used to it.

Jo N.
Your jawbone has teeth above and below it. Those teeth have small triangles of space between them that is filled with gum and air. When you eat, food particles get trapped in those small pockets and decay. They can’t be removed via brushing. This can give you gum disease.

As the gum disease progresses, your gum becomes more inflamed. Once the disease is serious, it begins to eat away at the jawbone itself. This is irreversible and very bad foe your long term health.

So that’s why!

Baptiste N.
I think everyone has a reason for flossing like hygiene, routine, or a healthy habit. Personally I started flossing more because since I’m drinking water in the morning, I’m flushing all the bacteria in my mouth down. When I don’t floss, the food that is stuck in my teeth can male bacteria while I sleep that I might not want in my body.

Marlana J.
My dentist informed me that flossing your teeth is actually more important than brushing your teeth… By flossing daily you prevent gum disease.

Maddie P.
Personally I use a floss stick but you can use the floss that comes in rolls in the containers. I had gingivitis and it helped me keep plac out between my teeth and off my gums.

Lke B.
It is because it was an important oral hygiene. It lifts and removes plaque and food in between your teeth. Brushing also removes plaque and food debris, but the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach deep in between teeth to remove it all. Therefore, flossing helps keep your mouth as clean as possible.

Lindsay O.
Aside the obvious (preventing cavities between teeth and gingivitis) it’s a quick two minute self care routine that yields quick results, so it’s actually really fulfilling. 7 days ago I had mild symptoms of the beginnings of gingivitis. It’s completely turned around already since I’ve flossed every night since. It’s already become a healthy, proactive creature comfort in my nightly routine. Try starting a new show of some kind on TV, or start up a new book while you begin flossing. That worked for me. I wanted to sit down with my new book or new tv show at the end of the day, I started them and the flossing together to distract me from the fact I was flossing, and it worked great! “Okay, time to floss.” Grab the floss pick, and start your show/reading session. Done before you realize it! Sometimes I even go for a second pass, because I enjoy the fidgeting while I focus on my reading.

Lindsey P.
I gets all of the extra food and stuff out of my teeth that I don’t remove while brushing. It helps prevent cavities and helps keep my teeth clean.

Anastasia W.
I think that you'd Gould floss your teeth because when you brush your teeth it may not get in the gaps of your teeth so when you floss it's better because it gets in the gaps and cleans it up

Kylie N.
We used to have a saying when I worked in dentistry, “Only floss the teeth you want to keep”. Flossing keeps the structure healthy. A bridge is no good without strong foundations and flossing is the only way that you can be sure the foundations are secure. So create a flossing habit. A couple of times a week is enough and after meals like pork that might get stuck in between. Brushing is definitely not enough!

Luis E.
It's best to talk to your dentist about it, but you can do an experiment yourself. Brush your teeth and then floss and see if there were still food bits in your mouth.

Greta N.
It’s necessary for gum health and hygiene, because lots of bacteria stays between your teeth and between your gum and teeth even if you brush them for 3 minutes 2x a day. In order to keep your teeth healthy, you should floss e.g. every evening before brushing your teeth.

Ferdinando C.
It's important for my teeth. I need to floss them because the last time the dentist visit them, he said I have some tartarus. Dental floss is better than the dentist!

Frida C.
Flossing helps get rid of leftover food between your teeth.
Leftover food will attract bacteria.
Bacteria will cause bad breath, swollen gums and possible health problems.
Please take care of your teeth before you go to the dentist because your mouth is too sore to chew.

Hern Ni F.
Because I need to take care of myself & the most important to keep myself happy is I need to keep myself hygiene & clean. When I can manage myself, take care of myself it’s proved that I love myself always

Teresa O.
Because I need to keep my teeth, and gums health especially to avoid sensitive teeth so that they don't hurt and look good. It also helps to keep a breath fresh.

Linda N.
It will help you to keep your gums and teeth healthy. It removes food and plaque from between your teeth and molars, so when you brush your teeth after flossing (toothpicks work fine too) your mouth will be much cleaner. Less bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums! When you make it a habit to floss right before brushing, it will hardly take any time at all. I keep my toothpicks and toothpaste together on the sink and by now it takes me about 10 seconds to floss. A small investment with lasting results!

Nic E.
Flossing teeth isn't just helpful for your dental hygiene. It actually helps your body digest the food you've eaten better, because it ensures your mouth provides more saliva, for all the tiny particles you've flicked out of the crevices of your teeth, into your mouth. It also helps with your gum health, which in turn keeps you from getting headaches, due to rotting particles that are trying to be broken down, while you sleep.
Flossing also makes you open your mouth wide, which also happens to be another way to get better digestion and perhaps let out a burp your body wasn't able to release, after eating.
It's one of the good habits that healthy people manage as self care.

Sandro O.
meditation can help in all sorts of ways. there are nine types of meditation as I currently understand it. its helped me in regaining some balance to my life. Or maybe control is a better term for one. It can be interesting for two. it opens up different channels of communication.

teeth. I think the idea of flossing is to clean between your teeth.it would prevent plaque buildup I surmise. Why do you need to?. You dont, but you can.

bacteria I guess also. I hate having my teeth cleaned they feel all gappy I'd rather have them cemented together with tartar

Julie F.
The way I understand it, flossing has practically nothing to do with the health of your teeth and everything to do with gum health. Sure, it helps prevent plaque between your teeth, but proper brushing does most of that work. Flossing is important because it dislodges food particles, etc. under your gum line that will feed bacteria and cause gum disease, like gingivitis. What's the point of having sparkling, perfect teeth if they fall out? It's better to do the flossing thing.

Indro Z.
When done properly, flossing helps to remove food debris and bacteria from the areas that brushing cannot access, thereby preventing bacteria from building up micro-organic colonies in these areas. Regular flossing also disrupts the bacteria from turning into plaque, which is a sticky coating of yellowish substance that stains and damages your teeth over time. Plus with whiter teeth, the brighter your smile 😁

Marielle X.
Good mouth hygiene affects your overall health and also helps your breath so it's less stinky 😁☠️ and taking care of your teeth can save you money at the dentist! 💸💰

Elle O.
Because it will make you feel better about your hygiene. It is also good for your tree that to get anything that your brush can’t and to clear plaque

Abel S.
Better hygiene, less cavities/dental problems. But also to start a habit that I can learn to stick with bc its a small goal but I still need to actively do it and think about

Abigail C.
It will prevent tonsil stones and tonsillitis. It will keep gingivitis at bay. It will prevent cavities and improve breath.

Leslie C.
flossing your teeth is super important even after brushing your teeth you get left over plaque which causes you to have cavities.

Romu E.
well floss your teeth is a really important thing. it helps you removing hidden pieces of food who your brush can't remove. it's important to prevent caries too, and you'll have a better breath after that.

Irmtrud Y.
You floss to keep your teeth clean. That's what most people assume. But, what you're really doing is helping your gums. When you lost it toughens your gums and helps the roots of your teeth become less sensitive.

Yuan L.
Cleans the space between your teeth that your toothbrush can't reach. Wards off dental diseases. Prevents gum inflammation and sensitivity. In short, you will have less problems overall in life if you floss.

Lke B.
When you floss your teeth you get to remove the tiny food particles that are between your teeth it helps your teeth from having a plaque and bad breath

Miller Z.
It gets out the extra debris that your toothbrush doesn't get between the teeth. It is also good for gum health and can loosen the space between teeth if they are too tight together. Don't forget to move side to side against the sides of teeth. Not just up and down or it can cut your gums and we don't want that

Kylian F.
Because floss can remove tiny bits of food between your teeth and gum, which your toothbrush only can not reach. Using floss really improves health of your gum.

Lora A.
So dental plaque doesn't form on your teeth. I personally have nightmares from removing plaque at the dentist's. It hurts, it bleeds, my gums are sensitive and blue a week after. With flossing you prevent the plaque from forming. You remove the dirt from becoming plaque. And your mouth does not smell, that is, it stays fresh longer.

Princess P.
I think it's mostly because of being self aware. You might not think much about it, but you do realize that after taking a shower or taking a bath you feel slightly refreshed, and not worrying about something stuck in your teeth makes you confident and less self-conscious, especially talking to people. Brushing your teeth isn't enough to remove dirt that are stuck into your teeth, so flossing your teeth will help get that out and you have less worries of getting a tooth ache which will hurt and can cost you some money.

Juan C.
Food particles get stuck between teeth, and even though you can't feel them, they're there. Over time the bacteria in our mouth starts to break down the food particles that get stuck, creating more bad bacteria, causing bad breath. Flossing and rinsing with a mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide can help mobilize food particles and reduce bad bacteria and breath.

Billy T.
Flossing your teeth is very important. Flossing can help get rid of food and plaque that may be in between your teeth. Plaque is very common and contains bacteria that can damage your teeth or make your breath smell bad. Brushing doesn’t always get rid of the food and plaque because brushes can not reach it. Resources say that it is best to floss twice a day everyday. Therefore, that is why you need to floss your teeth everyday and how it can help.

Vittoria J.
I have a crown that needs to be floss to keep. I also have gingivitis, the dentist said if I do this everyday that eventually it could go away. So that's my goal

Jeannie N.
It protects your gums and prevents a build up of damaging material that will, if left alone, cause infection and pain and erode your tooth enamel.

Travis O.
Because normal toothbrush will not get into the spaces between teeth. And small leftovers of salives and food perfect for stuck in spaces like theese.

Felicia C.
Flossing helps prevent cavities between teeth by interrupting plaque, tartar or cavity enhancing bacteria from thriving, wearing & weakening the enamel. Want tour teeth long into old age? Take good care of them now. Teeth don’t heal or grow back like other organs such as nails and skin. You only get these one set of teeth for your whole life, treat them well and they’ll be with you forever.

Amaro Z.
I mostly clean the kitchen because I cook there so most of the work is in cleaning the dishes as well as all the working surfaces and I clean the living room the least because I rarely eat there so I don’t have to worry about that and the most that it’ll ever get out of order is if I move a couple pillows over to take a nap on it.

William S.
Gum health is a very overlooked area of importance. A gum infection can enter your bloodstream, potentially hospitalizing you. Gum inflammation is painful and can even lead to routine headaches, while gingivitis can develop when plaque is left to buildup along our gum lines. Gingivitis is the beginning of gum disease. Plaque generates acid which leads to cavities and gum inflammation. Flossing effectively removes the plaque and bacterial build up in front of and behind each tooth–where your toothbrush bristles can't reach. Even flossing with powered water streams daily (if string floss is too cumbersome) will improve your gum health and help protect your mouth from easily avoidable complications, such as periodontal disease, which comes from the advancement of gingivitis. Periodontal disease leads to literal tooth decay and bone loss. Your teeth can feel loose and even fall out or become decayed enough to look like the teeth of zombies. Furthermore, some problems in your oral cavity can lead to other maxillofacial issues down the line. So by simply flossing each day, you’re giving your gums, teeth, throat and tongue the best fighting chance to be strong, healthy and enduring for your entire lifetime.

Shalla E.
Since I always say, I’ll do it later and then never do it. I need to just do it with a reminder and with conviction.
Plus, I have lupus and flossing hurts! I need to keep a routine. I need to make a change and I will make a change in my life!

Adrien A.
You need to floss your teeth because brushing only gets the stuff ON your teeth. Flossing gets the plaque and leftover food from BETWEEN your teeth. hope this helped 🙂

Carl W.
The health of your gums (gingiva) effects your whole health. Bacteria can enter u to your bloodstream to your whole body through your gums!

Logan Y.
Because it helps prevent cavities and having so much gunk between your teeth. Or even toothaches brushing them also helps and mouthwash cleans all that bacteria and germs that are in your mouth.

Misael T.
It is good for your health.
Not only prevents this cavities but gives you a good breath.
And you have 2 minutes to just do nothing else then floss.

Maria I.
Well, I believe flossing is really important. It prevents to you all the batteries and virus that could possibly be inside your food. If you eat anything but then you don’t floss for days, for example, your mouth isn’t going to be healthy. Once you have washed your teeth you are going to feel great and your mouth, along with your teeth, will be fresh and clean. An amazing sensation! (sorry for the bad english, it’s not my native language) :))

Flaviana Q.
Because little micro pieces of food stay between you teeth and can cause caries, also the most difficult to take care after if you need.
Al so improves you general mouth health and prevent bad breath.

Charlotte U.
Flossing is good for you, because if you have any food or plaque stuck in between your teeth that may not come off with tooth brushing the floss will help you remove it. Some bacteria can also get into your gums, and they are really harmful and you coukd get very sick.

Gen Z.
As well as causing irritation, the bacteria between your teeth will also destroy your tooth's enamel, causing a cavity. Flossing will remove this plaque to prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria. Regularly flossing is a great way to check your mouth for potential cavities, as well as swelling or redness.

Lke B.
Flossing keeps your gums healthy and tough by clearing plaque away. It will prevent cavarties and hum disease and save your dignity at your next dentist appointment lol!

Nadia N.
My dentist said: as a child, flossing your teeth isn’t as important. As soon as you reach your 20s you should try to floss everyday. It helps reduce bad breath and prevents gum problems.

Euriah N.
Well, if you don't floss them, food might get stuck between them and rot and then your teeth will rot and you will have a lot of cavities and other unpleasant stuff going on in your mouth.

Tess T.
It helps to clean the areas between your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. It will keep your teeth healthy and functional for many years to come. An additional motivator is the fact that a dentist can always tell when you don't floss (and they can be the judgemental type).

Ella G.
Because there's bacteria and plaque in under your gums between your teeth where the toothbrush can't reach, if you leave it it will rot your teeth under your gum line, then you will get infections in the tooth root, then you will need a root canal… which is absolutely horrid and expensive. Flossing is cheaper than the dentist also 😂

Kaylee C.
Maintaining teeth health is not only essential for our well-being, but also for keeping a routine in taking care of our bodies (even if it does seem like such a tiny thing). Brushing twice a day will keep your teeth clean, and breath fresh! Flossing often gets overlooked, but the act ensures that any food or plaque trapped in-between the teeth and around the gums is removed. Flossing is needed, and yes it will help! You’ll feel more confident in yourself, and happy that you have contributed to keeping your teeth to the best they can be.

Katie W.
Flossing removes gunky plaque buildup that can cause decay in your teeth. It cleans between the right spaces that can hide issues.

Lin Z.
I used to skip flossing. Since I got into that habit again my gums stopped bleeding, my mouth feels and tastes so much better. Especially if the gaps between your teeth are tight, it’s hard for a regular toothbrush to reach. Flossing will keep those areas clean and may potentially save you a lot of money in dentist bills. Keep flossing! 😀

Courtnee N.
Your gums protect the Health and longevity of your teeth. Flossing removes bacteria and food debris from in between teeth and prevents build up from forming around your gum line. When stuff sits there, it rots, and then starts eating away at your enamel and then your actual tooth, which becomes a cavity – then it will cost ya to have the dentist drill out the rotten part and fill it in!

Mona F.
I don't know much about dental hygiene but as far as I know flossing gets where the toothbrush can't making the cleaning process more efficient.

Elias E.
Dental hygiene is extremely important. Not only do I want my teeth to look good and my breath to smell fresh, I also want the health benefits that come with a clean mouth. One of those benefits: a stronger immune system, we need that.

Lily Z.
It helps to remove dirt from around your gums and the side of your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. It sounds cheesy but I only started flossing regularly a few weeks ago and my gums and teeth feel so much better. I recommend looking on YouTube for a video that shows you the purpose of flossing and the correct way to do it. Good luck 😀

Rue Y.
Flossing helps get rid of residual food and other debris stuck between our teeth. If we don't floss, the food stuck between our teeth rots and causes tooth decay and cavities. Flossing every day can help prevent this.

Tanja O.
Good question! I understand your frustration because it’s one of my least favourite things to do, but take it from someone who has had two teeth ripped out… it makes a huge difference! There are tiny bits of food that can settle in the small spaces between your teeth not reachable by a toothbrush, and these attract bacteria that will slowly eat up your enamel and cause cavities. You can always start small and decide to floss twice a week until you get the hang ofnit and it takes such a short time that it becomes less daunting to add it to your daily routine. Every little bit helps 🙂

Michelle B.
Well i personally strive for cleanliness and flossing does that for me i havent been adhering to it but i think that would change now flossing is very important it protects ur teeth from harmful bacteria prevents oral thrush amongst other harmful infections and infact who doesnt love a white teeth

Laken L.
Flossing your teeth will get the missed food out from between your teeth and all around your mouth will be cleaner. Gum disease is a bug fear of some and flossing could help you not get any gum disease.

Gitta X.
I need to floss so my teeth don’t rot
I also feel more rested in the morning after flossing which is weird but true. No matter how late I sleep if I floss I usually feel more awake the next morning: it is also good to have flossing in my evening routine so I build the habit

La Donna J.
Flossing not only improves gum health, but also helps eliminate bad breath because you are removing small bits of food that remain after brushing alone. Also, this leftover food is not able to sit in the mouth and then to plaque so your cleanings are less painful and much shorter.

Brittany Z.
Not only is flossing considered as essential to your oral health according to most dentists, but knowing and seeing your teeth clean has immense mental health benefits too.

Anarmaa F.
It helps to remove any leftovers from gums. The health of teeth depend on gums. The inflammation of gums typically results in tooth decay and cavities.

Heddi Y.
Flossing is good for the health of your teeth and gums. A toothbrush will never reach the areas you floss. It can help prevent plaque and prevent the sensitivity of gums.

Olivia P.
It can help prevent cavities. Even though it seems pointless and kinda extra it really helps you stay healthy and keep your teeth healthy. So please do I’m also trying to work on becoming president with it. So if you are struggling know you are not the only one! 🙂

Jamie J.
At my last dentist appointment I got about a D on my gums while my husband got an A +! Nothing like a little competition to motivate me. I found if my gums aren’t healthy then my teeth can’t be either. I started keeping the hard flossers all over – my cars, my kitchen, my dining area, my tv room … everywhere so I could floss any time and more often. I was shocked how much gunk I was able to get out at random times of the day. My goal is to get an A next time I show up at the dentist and it’s already helped a lot with bad breath!

Alexandra S.
Thanks for the question. Flossing your teeth helps remove excess food that wouldn’t normally be accessible with a toothbrush. Hope that helps!!

Mina Z.
Flossing gets food out from places that the toothbrush can’t reach. Most importantly, underneath the gums.
Flossing can prevent plaque buildup and periodontitis. Plaque causes inflammation and irritation of the gums, causing the gums to recede and more of your tooth will be exposed. Also, studies have shown that oral plaque is associated with inflammation throughout the body, which is bad in a lot of ways. Inflammation decreases brain function and increases the risk of developing arterial plaque which can break off and cause a stroke, heart attack, and even death.
But tooth brushing is enough for some people. It depends on genetics, diet, and the quality of water in your area. Next time you get a cleaning, ask if your gums look ok. And if you’ve never had any cavities, then maybe brushing and mouth wash is enough for you.

Margarita N.
My mother says that brushing your teeth without flossing is like taking a shower without changing your underwear after. It helps preventing for tartar. Helps having better breath. Your teeth will feel cleaner and lighter. It also helps keeping them white!

Carmen M.
Better smelling breath. Less staining on my teeth. Teeth are cleaning. No cavities. No left over food trap in the retainers and being stuck overnight