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Does Flossing Hurt Your Gums?

Posted on 5/22/2023 by Southern Family Dental Care
Does Flossing Hurt Your Gums?While cleaning between the teeth is crucial, it is an exercise that is usually forgotten in daily oral hygiene routines. Some people deliberately stop flossing because they experience pain in their teeth and gums after flossing. Experiencing pain after flossing should, however, not discourage you from flossing, especially if you stick to regular dental checkups. Various things may cause pain; however, all of these are fixable, and you can go on with your interdental cleaning routine.

Why You Experience Pain After Flossing

Pain after flossing may arise from a number of issues. You need to discuss with the dentist your flossing habits and the discomforts you are having. The dentist is able to advise appropriately. Otherwise, you might be having pain because of the following:

Not Flossing Enough

If you do not floss regularly, it may take a few seconds for your teeth to get used to that kind of unusual cleaning. When you finally get used to the regular flossing action, it may feel even less painful within a week or so. However, if the pain persists, you need to visit a dental hygienist or dentist to find out what the problem is.

Not Flossing Properly

If you floss regularly but still feel pain and discomfort, it could be that you are doing it wrongly. Avoid doing it too hard as it could harm the tissues between the teeth. On the other hand, don't be too gentle because you would not be getting everything out. The best way is by guiding the thread between your teeth in a zigzag motion.

Using Wrong Device

Studies show that most Americans use or have at some point used awkward items such as cutlery, fingernails, safety pins, folding paper, or a strand of hair to floss. Always stick to dental floss, dental picks, water flossers, and tiny interdental brushes.

Dental Issues

Tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues could be the cause of pain when flossing. Common symptoms indicating gum disease include swollen red gums and bleeding while brushing and flossing. Toothaches and tooth infections can result in tooth abscesses and tooth pain while brushing and flossing. Never ignore any pain when cleaning your teeth. Talk to us today for immediate help!


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