The importance of regular brushing and flossing for optimal oral health should come as a surprise to no one. However, many people let their oral responsibility to floss fall by the wayside. Flossing is an essential part of maintaining your oral health and preventing sudden cavities and gum disease.
Have you recently started flossing? Do your gums or teeth hurt after flossing? At Affinity Dental, we are proud that you are taking a necessary step to address your oral health. If you have been out of the flossing game for a while, or even if you’ve been doing it for years – if you are experiencing pain there is a good chance one of the reasons below is to blame.
You Are Flossing Incorrectly
If you are using normal dental floss, it is best to start with about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers leaving a couple inches. When you floss, you should slide the floss gently up and down between your teeth – curving around each tooth. Your floss should go beneath the gum line, but without prodded force (as it causes pain and irritation). You will likely experience less pain and more success with a water flosser.
You Have Sensitive Teeth
If you are prone to teeth sensitivity, there’s a good chance regular brushing and flossing is more painful for you than the average person. There are several reasons you may have developed sensitive teeth, consider getting a professional cleaning instead.
You Have Gum Disease
A common side effect of gum disease is pain in both your teeth and gums. Additionally, gum disease can actually result in sensitive teeth. If your gums appear to be red, swollen, or are bleeding during or shortly after you floss and thereafter – gum disease may be the culprit. You should see a dental professional as soon as possible to address and correct this issue, since your gums could begin to recede and expose more of your teeth.
For A Healthier Smile, Choose Affinity Dental
Do you need assistance managing your dental health? We can help!Call Affinity Dental today. Our team of experienced and professional dentists have the technology and skill necessary to make teeth whitening and oral surgery quick and painless.
Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service and oral surgery practices in the state. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.
Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!