We floss to remove food particles stuck between our teeth, right? But food doesn’t just get stuck between your teeth but also between your gums and teeth. So when you’re flossing, work the floss down under the gum line all around each tooth.

And yes, it is important to floss once a day and doing it at night seems to make the most sense.

Now, there are differing opinions on whether to floss before brushing your teeth or after. I’m not sure the order really matters. There are positives and negatives on both ways. Just do a good job brushing and flossing.

What does matter and what most expert agree on, however, is that rinsing with a fluoride-containing mouthwash should be your final step. After brushing and flossing, rinsing with a mouthwash, not water, will help keep you plaque-free, prevent gum disease and make your breath fresh (big bonus!).

Remember…floss “under my gums” because the goal of your dental routine is to not allow plaque to hold on to anything, anywhere food can get trapped.