Flossing and brushing are more effective than brushing alone.
A toothbrush works by removing plaque from your teeth with its soft bristles. Toothpaste increases the effect of the toothbrush, and kinds that contain fluoride help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Brushing has one big drawback: A toothbrush’s bristles can’t adequately clean between the teeth or under the gums. This is where floss comes in. Floss can remove the plaque and bacteria that get stuck in between teeth in a way that a toothbrush cannot.
Flossing protects your gums, too.
The place where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its major role. Tiny particles of food can get lodged there, and plaque can harden over time to form tartar, a thick deposit that can only be removed by a dentist.
Flossing can save you money.
Researchers report that in populations that statistically tend to rely on emergency room care instead of doctor visits, the cost for dental emergency visits can be as much as 10 times the cost of regular checkups over a given time period
Flossing helps prevent other diseases.
Extensive research has shown that bacteria that flourish in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, leading to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.
Flossing prevents tartar buildup.
And, as stated earlier, tartar can only be removed by a dentist with a scraper.