According to the American Dental Association, flossing is “an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.” Flossing removes more food particles than brushing alone. If left unchecked, those food particles can lead to plaque buildup, which could then result in cavities, gum disease, and more serious health issues.

If flossing isn’t already a part of your daily routine, consider making your New Year’s resolution to floss every day for the next 365 days.