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Flossing Should Not Be Painful


Posted on 5/24/2021 by Dr Jonathan Ford
Flossing Should Not Be PainfulFlossing is an essential part of good oral care. We always recommend a daily routine brushing your teeth, rinsing with mouthwash, and flossing your teeth. However, we do understand but for some patients flossing is a sensitive issue. Flashing can aggravate sensitive gums and may cause bleeding at the gumline. Flossing should not be painful, but if this describes your opinion toward flossing, we can help uncover why this may be the case.

How to Reduce Irritation when Flossing Your Teeth


If you have not flossed for a long time, and choose to add this to your daily routine, you could experience some initial discomfort the first few times you floss. Your gums are not used to this attention. Although it is good attention, give your gums time to adjust. Keep flossing and trust that your mouth will eventually build up a tolerance. It is worth it to keep going as your gums will thank you in years to come.

Another way to reduce irritation when flossing your teeth is to take your time and floss your teeth gently. Do not force the floss into your gums. You may also want to experiment with other alternatives to regular dental floss. A water pik is a great tool to get rid of debris in your gums and mouth.

Give us a Call


If you continue to experience irritation when you floss your teeth, is important to come into our office for a cleaning and exam. You gum irritation be a type of hypersensitivity, or early stages tooth decay. A potential sign of periodontal disease is bleeding gums. Not only can we help assess if you have early stages of dental problems, but we can also help educate you on the best way to floss your teeth to avoid further irritation.
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