There's a reason your dentist asks if you floss. Flossing is a crucial part of a good dental hygiene routine. Skipping this step can cause plaque buildup and gum inflammation that will be evident during your dental exam. Since these issues can lead to major dental problems, it is important to prevent them by flossing.
Each time you eat or drink, food particles and debris can get caught between teeth and around your gums. While your toothbrush does a great job of cleaning the surface of your teeth and gums, some areas are too tight for the bristles to reach. The particles left in these areas turn into harmful bacteria that can cause bad breath, tooth decay and even gum disease. Flossing cleans where your toothbrush can't reach.