Yes, you should still floss even if you don’t see any visible food particles or debris between your teeth. Flossing is a crucial part of a comprehensive oral hygiene routine, and its primary purpose is to remove plaque—the invisible film of bacteria that forms on teeth.

Here are several reasons why you should continue to floss regularly, even when you don’t see anything between your teeth:

How to Floss Properly

  • Use Enough Floss

    Use an 18-inch (45 cm) length of dental floss. Wind most of it around one of your middle fingers and the rest around the opposite middle finger, leaving a few inches of floss to work with.

  • Hold the Floss Correctly

    Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers, and use a gentle rubbing motion to guide it between your teeth.

  • Curve Around the Tooth

    Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth, and gently slide it beneath the gumline.

  • Move the Floss Up and Down

    Move the floss up and down against the tooth surface and beneath the gumline. Ensure you reach every tooth, including the back teeth.

  • Use a Fresh Section

    As you move from one tooth to the next, use a fresh section of floss to avoid transferring bacteria.

Flossing should be done at least once a day as part of your regular oral care routine. If you have specific questions about your flossing technique or oral health, consult with your dentist or dental hygienist for personalized guidance.