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Flossing is a healthy habit to get into, but for some people, it can hurt.

If you’ve ever wondered “Why do my gums hurt after flossing?” or “Should my gums hurt after flossing?”, then this article is for you.

We’re going to find out why this can happen and what you should do if you experience sore gums.

Poor technique

Using too much pressure when you floss your teeth can make the gums sore.

Simply glide the floss gently up and down between your teeth, and then curve the floss into a C-shape as you reach the gum line to clean the space between your teeth and gums. Use a fresh part of floss for each tooth.

If you’re not sure how to floss properly, ask your dentist to show you at your next check-up — they will be happy to help.

Gum disease

Gum disease can make your gums feel sore and swollen. They can be irritated further by flossing.

Signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore or swollen gums
  • Dark red gums
  • Bad breath

If you suspect you have gum disease, be sure to reach out to your dentist. It can be successfully treated in the early signs (gingivitis). However, if it progresses to a more severe stage (periodontitis), you may be at risk of tooth loss.

Dental appliances

Dental appliances like braces can make it difficult to floss between your teeth successfully. This can sometimes mean you use extra force to floss, resulting in sore gums.

Speak to your dentist or orthodontist if you are worried about flossing your teeth with braces. They can show you the correct technique. They may also recommend a special type of floss designed to be used with appliances or a water dental flosser that sprays water into your mouth to remove debris between your teeth.

Tooth abscess or infection

If you have a tooth abscess or other type of infection in your mouth, then your gums may become sore. It would be difficult to floss in between your teeth without irritating your gums.

If you think you have an infection — for example, if you have toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold food or drink or bad breath — consult your dentist straight away.

How does flossing keep my mouth healthy?

Don’t be put off if you don’t get the hang of flossing straight away — there are lots of good reasons why you should keep on flossing:

  • It removes food particles and plaque from places that your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • It gets rid of bacteria that can make your breath smell bad.
  • It removes plaque from under the gum line.
  • It helps reduce the risk of dental decay.
  • It helps prevent gum disease.

Looking for a dentist in Te Atatu?

Here at Opal Dental, we can help you with all aspects of your oral care, including flossing technique. In fact, we’re passionate not just about treating dental issues but promoting healthy teeth and gums too!

Know that we’re your local dentist for Te Atatu and surrounding area, offering a full range of dental services for all the family.

Give us a call to schedule a check-up or to address specific issues related to your oral health — we’d love to hear from you!

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