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Why Do My Teeth Hurt After Flossing?

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An important part of your oral care includes a daily routine of brushing your teeth, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing. While you may have not noticed much discomfort with brushing or rinsing alone, irritation with flossing is a common concern. The American Dental Association considers flossing an essential part of oral care. Flossing can bring attention to your sensitive gums and you may even notice your teeth bleed when flossing, but you ask yourself, “why do my teeth hurt after flossing?

If you’ve asked yourself this question, keep reading to find out what can be causing that discomfort and some helpful tips to may help reduce the irritation when flossing.

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Flossing is New to Your Oral Hygiene Routine

If you have just recently added flossing to your morning or nighttime routine discomfort can occur the first few times. It can take a few sessions for your gums to get used to the flossing. Stick it out and stay consistent! Your mouth should eventually build a tolerance which will help reduce the reaction  may experience. In the end, this will be a great help to your gum health.

Your Flossing Technique Needs Work

Another cause of the irritation can happen from how you are flossing. Forcing the floss into your gums for too long of a period can lead to damage to your gums. Take your time and carefully floss between your teeth and into your gums. Too much pressure or snapping the floss can bring about pain and may lead to bleeding. If you find yourself thinking “why are my teeth hurting when flossing?” and lose the desire to follow through with your oral plan, don’t quit! There are alternatives to regular dental floss. A water pik is another tool that you can use to get rid of debris in the gums and teeth for a healthy smile. Using a water pik could be a great alternative if you find yourself struggling to find the right hand placements with traditional floss. 

You may Suffer from Gum Disease

An potential sign of gum disease is that your gums may bleed when flossing. Another sign may be pain while flossing or brushing your teeth. Gum disease, also know as periodontal disease, can happen from plaque buildup beneath the gum line. If you catch gum disease early enough you can help treat it with proper flossing and brushing and regular dental visits. It is important to tackle this problem as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming a more serious condition.

Your Teeth or Gums are Sensitive

Tooth sensitivity can happen when the outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, is stripped. Brushing too hard or using a firm toothbrush can cause our teeth to become more sensitive. This type of tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, has several symptoms associated with it. One of the underlying symptoms includes pain while flossing your teeth. It is important to that we make sure to take extra care when flossing with sensitive teeth.

There can be several reasons why your teeth hurt when flossing. If you believe to be experiencing an irregular amount of discomfort while flossing, be sure to set up an appointment with our Dr. Jared Schmitt and share your concerns about your gum health. At Seaglass Dental Care we will work with you to create a plan that will help you to successfully care for your teeth and gums. The best routine you can create is one you are willing to stick with. Getting to the bottom of your discomfort is the first step in improving your oral health! At Seaglass Dental Care we have a competent team waiting to address your concerns and help move you towards your goal of a healthy smile for life. Stop by our dental office on Northlake Blvd located at 384 Northlake Blvd, North Palm Beach, FL 33408 or give us a call at 561-581-5001 to book your next dental appointment.

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