Q11. I brush my teeth every day; do I need to use floss?

A11. Yes. Brushing your teeth is important but a toothbrush cannot clean your teeth 100%. It cannot remove food debris from between your teeth and if this is left, it can lead to problems such as gingivitis or periodontitis.

Incorporate flossing into your teeth cleaning routine along with using a toothbrush. Start by brushing your teeth and then follow this with flossing. Finish off by swilling away any debris with a mouthwash.

It is important to have a daily oral hygiene routine which includes these plus a reduced intake of sugary foods and regular dental check ups.

Find out more in our flossing and dental hygiene section.

FAQS Index:

Dental Floss FAQs - A Guide to Dental Floss

  1. What is ‘dental floss?’
  2. Should I floss?
  3. What are the benefits of flossing?
  4. Are there any risks with flossing?
  5. Can I floss if my teeth are too close together?
  6. My teeth have gaps between them, can I use dental floss?
  7. What types of floss are there?
  8. Which floss is right for me?
  1. How much does floss cost?
  2. How do I use floss?
  3. Q11. I brush my teeth every day; do I need to use floss?
  4. Does flossing hurt?
  5. I have arthritis and find it difficult to floss; is there an alternative?
  6. What is ‘Glide?’
  7. What is a ‘flossing aid?’

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