Cleaning between your teeth removes plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque build-up contributes to tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental floss helps removes food particles from between the teeth and under the gumline. It’s recommended that you floss daily.
There are other products that can help you clean between your teeth: dental tape (like floss, but flatter and wider); dental picks; pre-threaded flossers; interdental brushes that reach between the teeth; water flosser; or wooden or plastic sticks.
Talk to your dentist about what types of interdental-care products will be most effective for your individual needs and the proper techniques for each.