If you notice that flossing hurts, you should contact our office to see the origin of the problem. Always schedule a checkup if you notice anything out of sync with your dental regimen. The information below will give you further information about why flossing can hurt. Flossing should not be painful unless you do not brush or floss your teeth regularly.
When Flossing Hurts
The most common reason why flossing may be painful is the gum disease, gingivitis. If you have this early form of gum disease, you can reverse it with the proper care. To get your gums to stop hurting, you need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush and floss twice each day. You should also use an antiseptic mouthwash. However, before you start this type of oral hygiene program, you need to check with our office first. Schedule a check-up to find the origin of the problem. Again, it usually has to do with a lack of dental care.
Gums may also hurt after you floss if you have just begun to floss. You may even see bleeding. However, you are not limited to flossing with a string floss. You can also use alternative methods. For example, you may use a water pick machine. This device shoots water into the spaces and crevices between the teeth. The device features various attachments so you can reach those hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. You can also use a floss that features a mint coating or wax that will not scratch or damage the gums. The key is to use a gentle touch, as pain can result from being overly aggressive.
You should not experience pain when you floss your teeth. Schedule a checkup and cleaning with us if you note any type of sensitivity. Make sure you take care of your smile the proper way, and you will enjoy better health – both dentally and medically.