If you’ve ever eaten corn on the cob, then you know the urge to floss. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day. Even if you can’t feel the leftover food in your mouth, it’s there and flossing may help prevent cavities and gum disease.
What happens if you don’t floss? If sticky plaque is not removed, and bacteria feeds on the leftover food and releases acids that eat away at your teeth. The plaque hardens into tarter that can lead to gum disease if isn’t scraped off by a dentist.
The best time to floss
Pick a time of day that works best for you. If you have more energy in the morning get it done. If you enjoy going to bed with clean teeth, then a nighttime routine is right for you. The most important thing about cleaning between your teeth is to do it.