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Your Dentist Needs to Know if Flossing Begins to Hurt

Posted on 6/15/2024 by The Implant Center at Comprehensive Dental
male patient flossingWhen it comes to oral care, most of us are familiar with the basics: brushing twice a day, using mouthwash, and scheduling regular dental checkups. But there's another important aspect of oral hygiene that often gets overlooked - flossing. While many of us know we should floss daily, we might not be paying enough attention to how it feels when we do.

If you've noticed that flossing has started to hurt, it's important to pay attention to this change and talk to your dentist. Discomfort while flossing could be a sign of an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

Why Does Flossing Sometimes Hurt?

There are several reasons why flossing might become uncomfortable:
•  Gum Inflammation: One of the most common causes of pain while flossing is gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis. This condition occurs when plaque and bacteria build up along the gum line, causing irritation and inflammation.
•  Receding Gums: As we age, our gums can naturally recede, exposing more of the tooth root. This exposed root surface is more sensitive and prone to pain when touched, even by something as gentle as floss.
•  Sharp Edges on Teeth: Sometimes, sharp edges on teeth, such as those caused by a chipped filling or fractured tooth, can snag the floss and cause discomfort.
•  Improper Technique: Using too much force or incorrect flossing technique can also irritate your gums and make flossing painful.
•  Underlying Dental Issues: In some cases, pain while flossing can be a symptom of a more serious dental issue, such as an abscess or periodontal disease.

What Should You Do if Flossing Hurts?

If you experience pain while flossing, the first step is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. They will be able to examine your mouth and determine the cause of the discomfort. Depending on the underlying issue, your dentist may recommend:
•  Improved flossing technique: Your dentist can show you the proper way to floss to minimize irritation.
•  Anti-inflammatory medication or mouthwash: This can help reduce gum inflammation and discomfort.
•  Scaling and root planing: This deep cleaning procedure removes plaque and bacteria from below the gum line.
•  Restorative dentistry: If the pain is caused by a chipped filling or other damage to the tooth, your dentist may recommend restorative procedures such as fillings, crowns, or bridges.
•  More frequent dental cleanings: Depending on your individual needs, your dentist may recommend more frequent professional cleanings to maintain good oral health.

Ignoring pain while flossing can lead to bigger problems down the road. By addressing the issue early, you can prevent further complications and maintain a healthy smile.

Flossing is an important part of a comprehensive oral care routine, but it shouldn't be painful. If you experience discomfort while flossing, don't hesitate to talk to your dentist. They can help identify the cause of the pain and recommend the best course of treatment to keep your smile healthy and comfortable.
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