Flossing is a great oral practice meant to keep your oral health in tip-top shape, so it's practically counterproductive if flossing actually hurts you. You shouldn't be feeling any pain or discomfort in your mouth after flossing if you floss properly and regularly. If you're new to flossing or haven't flossed in a long time, your teeth and gums might hurt slightly when they're trying to adjust to the new cleaning routine. But beyond that, if flossing hurts, it might be a symptom of an underlining health problem and you most probably need urgent dental intervention. Read on to find out more about how to floss successfully without any pains.
Why Flossing Might Hurt You
Flossing might hurt if you're new to the practice and you use improper tools and techniques. You're probably using flossing ropes with poor qualities like an unsuitable thickness, or you're a bit rough with your hand movement.
If the hurt is concentrated on certain spots, it's probably because you're flossing around decaying teeth, cavities, and infected areas. Flossing can also trigger pain in sensitive teeth. When you floss sensitive teeth, you strain the sensitive parts of the teeth that are already dangerously exposed. Also, it's normal for first-timers or people who haven't flossed in a long while to experience gum bleeding after flossing. However, gum bleeding from flossing can be symptomatic of gum diseases. You can tell if flossing hurts because of gum disease if you're also grappling with symptoms like swollen gums, redness, inflammation, and bad breath.
How Best to Avoid Getting Hurt During and After Flossing
The first thing to do if flossing hurts is to ensure you're using appropriate tools and techniques. Floss gently, and use tender flosses. You can opt for water floss machines and floss that come with supple, gentle coatings.
You really shouldn't let pain deter you from a great oral practice like flossing. You can call our offices today for more personalized tips for pain-free flossing.
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