Do as your dentist says and floss. You won't be sorry. Not only does flossing remove last night's chicken wings and celery shreds, it is also the best way to remove plaque from between teeth. It's even better than your toothbrush and can get into places your toothbrush can't -- especially behind the back teeth. Yet, the majority of Americans don't floss [source: Freeman].
Flossing is great at removing plaque, a sticky gel-like substance -- think of it as a witch's brew of saliva, food particles, acids, bacteria and sugar -- from your teeth. That bacteria feed on sugar, which produces the acid. Dental plaque attacks the enamel, creating cavities [source: Mayo Clinic].