The simple answer to this question is no – but you do need to clean between your teeth.
Cleaning between your teeth is vital. Plaque and bits of food can easily get stuck in the gaps between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach, and can lead to tooth decay or gum disease if not removed.
Flossing is one way that you can do this effectively at home, but it’s certainly not the only method available. If dental floss isn’t for you, try switching to dental tape, which can be easier to manipulate. Ask our dentists or hygienist to show you the correct technique. Alternatively, you can try using interdental brushes or an air or water flosser.
We recommend cleaning between your teeth at least once a day, either in the morning or preferably before you go to bed.
If your gums bleed or feel sensitive when you clean between your teeth, don’t be tempted to stop doing it. Regular flossing can actually improve your gum health, and with perseverance and correct technique, any bleeding should soon stop. If bleeding continues after routine cleaning for more than a couple of weeks, speak to us as soon as possible.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, cleaning between your teeth is easy, and can go a long way towards preventing future dental problems and gum disease.