Do You Have Bleeding Gums When Flossing?
By no stretch is it rare for your gums to hurt during and after flossing. Even some bleeding is to be expected. This is especially true if you have not flossed in a long time. However, if your gums do indeed hurt when you floss, and unbearably so, there are some things you can do.
One of the most common occurrences of these gum problems is over-aggressive flossing. In other words, if you are too rough on your gums while flossing, either because you are out of practice or because you are in a hurry, soreness and hurting is to be expected, instead try taking your time and be gentle. Also, if you are just starting out, be patient and consistent, your gums will become more conditioned over time.
Alternative Methods to Flossing
If being consistent and gentle does not work, there are other alternatives methods of flossing that you can try. You can also try a water floss machine, or what is sometimes called water pick. The devices essentially shoots water into the crevasses between your teeth, and in other areas of your mouth, in order to dislodge food and plaque. These oral instruments also come with different attachments that allow you to reach many of the hard to see and reach areas of your mouth. Lastly, you can always buy flossing that is not as abrasive to your gums. There is floss that come with soft and gentle coatings that will do less harm to your gums while they are adjusting to the good oral hygiene.
Flossing is one of the easiest parts of oral hygiene to overlook. For more flossing tips, schedule an appointment with Hendersonville Family Dentistry in Hendersonville, TN. Call our office for your appointment today 615-822-8262