Edit: I thought I would ask because I wonder if our gums are meant to handle it. I remember in college (7 years ago), a friend of mine had a friend whose dad was a dentist. He told his family not to floss every day. I should have asked why, but I didn't. Now when I floss, that interaction always comes to mind.
I used to floss everyday, twice a day. Now that I have been following a paleo diet I find my teeth just don't get as coated as they used to. My hygienist thinks I'm doing a super job keeping my teeth clean. But I tell her that it's what I am eating. I floss mostly everyday, but there are days when I skip. I also used to have periodontal disease which I cured without root scraping or surgery.
I confess that I floss once a day before bed. However, since Paleo man probably didn't do it, I am concerned about the grave consequences that could arise from this. Maybe it would be more Paleo to go round with food particles hanging from my teeth, even though I would probably never get any sweet lovin' from women in that case.
I floss at least once a day, before bed always. Sometimes after lunch if I've eaten something stringy like brisket, etc.
Flossing is very important, as is brushing. Both are important for their mechanical action though, not for their chemical action, as in toothpaste ingredients. Thats why i floss regularly and use a homemade salt/baking soda mixture toothpowder for its use a surfactant-purposes instead of storebought toothpaste.
I keep denta-piks around because I eat lots of foods that get stuck (roasts, dried beef, etc).
I probably "floss" 3-4 times a day.
Having Ketobreath most of the time sure doesn't help the mouthfunk... which gets marginally worse if I've got some jerky/roast/etc... stuck somewhere in there. I'll stop by produce sections of stores when I can remember to, and buy fresh mint to chew on throughout the day.
My dentists have found no caviites after I started flossing. That was before my Paleo. Since I eat meat 3 out of 3 meals, I do tend to floss 2-3 times a day. However, it might be flossing this one spot where there is a gap that traps meat whenever I chew with that side of my mouth. It's a "meat trap" and I need to git it out of there or it will start smelling like a pile of fermented compost.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, I only notice the smell when I get the trapped piece of meat out.
My dentist taught me to floss using an up-and-down motion rather than pressing floss against the gum and sawing back and forth. If you're concerned that flossing is hard or destructive on your gums, give this a try -- it hardly places any pressure on your gums at all, but supposedly it's still good at removing food.
I usually floss once a day. I admit sometimes I skip a day if I fall asleep before anticipated. I floss at work if I feel stuff stuck in my teeth (I have one of those little flossers on a stick for that, not as good as regular string floss but is great at work and as a secondary flossing method, though I would not recommend them for primary flossing) and a Waterpik that I adore for home and primary flossing. Sometimes, maybe a few times a month, I put some grapefruit seed oil in the water for an extra bacteria-killing boost.
I floss every morning and then whenever it seems necessary during the day. I still have my wisdom teeth, and one of them likes to get stuff stuck behind it. I have noticed my gum health has improved significantly since I started flossing regularly.
Some ancient peoples were obsessed with oral hygiene and used special branches, which, upon chewing, splayed out into bristles, to clean their teeth. Some trees even have a natural mint flavor. Hand and mouth washing after meals is ubiquitous in many ancient cultures. Despite the changes in technology, hygiene (scent maskers, teeth cleaning, etc.) are human universals.