Recent articles have dismissed the need for daily flossing as a part of your dental hygiene regimen. These studies are misguided I believe and fail to look at the short as well as long term benefits to flossing. Ideally, we recommend to our patients to floss and then brush your teeth each night before going to bed. There are many aides if floss is not suitable or causes you any unnecessary discomfort such as picks, floss brushes, or irrigators; all of which can be utilized.
Flossing alone with any device cannot remove all the plaque that forms between the teeth, but the act of flossing will remove a majority of food and plaque that does build up throughout the day. This disruption of the growth of plaque is the key to good dental health. A lack of flossing allows this layer to grow and cause inflammation, increasing your risk of possible decay and tooth loss.
So one-two-three, floss-brush-go to bed to keep your smile healthy!