How to Decide
There is no questions or discussions here; if you have teeth and two hands, you should be flossing your teeth. Only flossing can properly remove food and plaque particles which buildup between your teeth. A toothbrush can not do this well enough and it won’t replace the functions of a dental floss. Buildup of food and plaque between the teeth can lead to cavities and bone loss in the region. The potential to slightly damage your teeth or gums is a far less serious consequence than developing gum disease or cavities and shouldn’t stop you from flossing your teeth regularly.
helpful hint – Bleeding gums are usually one of the earliest signs of gum disease. If you are flossing regularly but your gums are still continuing to bleed, then this may be an indication that something is wrong. You might be flossing incorrectly or you may just be overdue a dental cleaning. Either way, if you are flossing and your gums don’t stop bleeding after a while then you should go and see the dentist to discuss your flossing techniques, receive a dental cleaning and see if you have gum disease or not.
When is flossing your teeth not enough to clean your teeth?
If you have really advanced gum disease, the gaps between the teeth become very large and dental floss alone can not sufficiently clean these gaps. You need to resort to other types of interproximal cleaning instruments such as rubber tip, go-between brush or water-irrigation (waterpik) devices to properly clean these large gaps.