Why Calling Us is So Important When Flossing Hurts
Posted on 12/23/2021 by OM
We advise our patients to floss once a day. For some patients, this is a joyful experience. Mindlessly, they grab their floss and complete the job within a couple minutes. For others, inserting the waxy rope between their teeth is not as enjoyable. Actually, it hurts. While both patients are reducing the number of bacteria between their teeth, we hope you find yourself completing this task without pain.
It Hurts to Floss
If it does hurt when you floss your teeth, you need to know that something is probably going wrong. It is not normal for flossing to produce discomfort. However, an exception would be if you just started to floss and your gums are bleeding slightly. Our advice is to keep gently flossing and the bleeding should stop within two weeks. Your gums could be tender as a result of this new, but beneficial habit. If it continues, call us!
If the pain doesn't go away, you may be flossing too hard. It may be that your technique is not right, or you are not using the right type of floss. You could be inadvertently inflicting pain on your gums. It is hard to know the reason behind your pain without looking in your mouth. The best thing to do would be to call us so we can determine the problem behind your pain.
Call Our Office
Give our office staff a call today to set up your next professional cleaning and exam. If you have not seen us for six months, it's time to come in for a routine checkup. In addition, we will educate you about the best techniques for brushing and flossing, and pinpoint why you may be experiencing pain when you floss. We look forward to working with you to have the best oral hygiene routine, which includes flossing your teeth every day.
Dentist Spokane, WA • Dental Blog • Bryan Hill, DDS At Bryan Hill, DDS we maintain a dental blog to help educate and inform our patients about topics that affect their oral health. Why not call us at: (509) 505-6303. Bryan Hill DDS, 9671 North Nevada St. ste. 200, Spokane, WA 99218-1146 ~ (509)468-4040 ~ bryanhilldds.com ~ 3/22/2023 ~ Tags: dentist Spokane WA ~