Help. . . My Gums Hurt When I Floss!

Ever floss your teeth and realize that your gums are throbbing? You see some blood and worry that something is wrong. Rest assured that it isn’t rare for your gums to hurt during and after flossing, or for some bleeding to occur. This is especially true if you have not flossed in a long time. However, if you floss regularly and your gums hurt and bleed a lot, there are some reasons, and actions you can take!

Be Gentle

One of the most common occurrences of gum pain and bleeding is over-aggressive flossing. In other words, if you are too rough on your gums while flossing, either because you are out of practice or because you are in a hurry, soreness and hurting is to be expected. Instead of being rough on your gums, try taking your time and be gentle. Be patient and consistent, and your gums will become more conditioned over time.

Try a Different Floss

You can always buy floss that is not as abrasive to your gums. There is floss that comes with soft and gentle coatings that will do less harm to your gums, or floss picks that you can use, while your gums are adjusting to the good oral hygiene habits you are creating.

Use an Alternative Method

If being consistent and gentle with a less abrasive floss or a floss pick does not work, try a water flosser (i.e. WaterPik). The water flosser shoots water into the crevasses between your teeth, and in other areas of your mouth to dislodge food and plaque. These oral instruments typically come with different attachments that allow you to reach many of the hard-to-see and reach areas of your mouth.

Flossing is one of the easiest parts of oral hygiene to overlook, and it is not uncommon that you may want to stop because of the pain and bleeding it can cause. However, if you try one, or all, of the above-mentioned methods, you will give yourself the best chance of being successful with your flossing, and it won’t hurt as much.

For more flossing tips or if you are feeling tooth pain or gum pain, schedule an appointment at Potomac Dental. Your dentist can help put your mind at ease with solutions to protect your good dental health and healthy smile.

At Potomac Dental Group, our promise to patients is to educate them about their teeth so they are empowered to make more informed decisions about their oral health and aesthetics. To schedule your next visit to our office, please contact our team at 301-983-2165.




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