Flossing is an important part of any good oral hygiene routine. If you are new to flossing, you may experience some discomfort at first. However, even if you are a seasoned flossing pro, pain while flossing is possible, and you should be sure to tell us about it. In most cases, this sensation is perfectly normal, but it is always important for us to check out the source of your pain to make sure.
Flossing uses an abrasive object in order to remove bacterial growth, food particles, and plaque from in between the teeth. You'll move the floss back and forth continuously in a fairly sensitive area, and at times, your teeth may hurt afterwards. This is especially true if you have sensitive teeth, you have gum disease, you have a cavity, or you simply aren't used to flossing.
If you experience pain when flossing, the first thing that you should do is consider your technique. Poor flossing technique can lead to gum damage, so it is important that you floss correctly. This involves the use of 12-16 inches of dental floss that is wrapped around the middle finger. Insert the floss between the teeth gently and curve the string to make a C-shape around the tooth. Then, gently move the floss in and up and down motion to clean between the teeth.
If your teeth appear red and inflamed even before you start flossing, this may signal that you have gingivitis. We may need to intervene to help treat this early form of gum disease in order to fully eliminate your pain while flossing.
If you have pain when you floss, it is important that you tell us at your next dental visit. Call us today to book your next cleaning and evaluation.