Flossing is one of the vital oral care tasks that should be practiced each time you brush your teeth, yet for some people, it can be an uncomfortable task. They may experience a bit of soreness. Some people may also notice bleeding around the gum line. There are several reasons why your gums may hurt or bleed like this when flossing.
You May Have a Difficult Time Getting the Floss Between Your Teeth
It can sometimes be difficult to get the line of floss between two teeth due to a tight space. When you use a lot of force, you may end up jerking the floss roughly down onto your gums. Try to slide the floss gently between your teeth by using a gentle back-and-forth motion.
You May Be Flossing Too Roughly
Gently follow the curvature of the tooth when sliding the floss down to the gum line. Don’t move the floss too far down. You can end up irritating the gum tissue. You want to go only a short way below the gum line.
You May Have Inflamed Gums
Your teeth may be going through the early stages of gum disease. They may be irritated, swollen, or bleeding. This early stage is called gingivitis. Left untreated, gum disease can advance to periodontitis.
If you consistently suffer from sore gums and bleeding when flossing, speak with an orthodontist. We can help determine the cause of the irritation. Then our helpful staff can show you the proper ways to floss your teeth. We can also provide early intervention treatment if you are at the early stages of gum disease.
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