Normally, it’s very rare for your gums to hurt or even bleed during and after flossing. Nevertheless, discomfort and pain can be experienced if you have not flossed in a long time. However, if your gums hurt when flossing on a regular basis, there are some things you can do in order to fix this problem.
Firstly, one of the most common causes of these gum problems is over-aggressive flossing. We mean that 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 something what you can expect. The best solution is to combat gum soreness and bleeding is to be gentle and try taking your time. Also, if you are just starting out, be patient and consistent, your gums will become more conditioned over time.
Secondly, if gentle flossing doesn’t help you to fix the problem and still your gums hurt after flossing, there are some other options you can try. You can also try a water floss machine, which is sometimes called a water pick. The machine essentially shoots water into the crevasses between your teeth, and in other areas of your mouth, in order to remove 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.
Finally, if your gums hurt when flossing with normal thread you can find in stores floss that is not as abrasive to your gums. There is floss that comes with soft and gentle coatings that won’t cause any pain to your gums while they are adjusting to the good oral hygiene habit you are creating.
Remember, flossing is one of the easiest parts of oral hygiene to overlook. When you first start out, it is common to happen that you may want to stop because of the pain it can initially cause you. However, you should keep trying different flossing methods, and eventually you’ll find one that won’t hurt as much.
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After all, if your gums hurt when flossing and you have any questions, you should definitely give us a call at (847) 749-4340 and we will be happy to help you or schedule an appointment for you. As always, if you have any questions regarding insurances, payment plans, flexible spending or health savings accounts please feel free to call the office, we’re are here to help! You can also text us at (847) 404-3268 for any quick questions or inquiries. Our diverse staff will be able to communicate with you in English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Urdu and Hindi languages. We have six convenient immaculate locations and six orthodontists on staff. It’s never too late to achieve that beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for all your life!