We offer comprehensive dental services for the entire family. Our staff, along with Christopher Kooning, DMD are here to educate, offer tips and to oversee your oral health, offering preventive care, dental restorations, and cosmetic dentistry. Your oral health is important to everything we do, how we express ourselves, what we eat, and how we communicate. We want your mouth to show the best part of you, your smile.
We Need to Know if Flossing is Something That Causes You Pain
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
Whenever there is pain in your mouth you should let us know and pain from flossing is no different. If your gums are tender or inflamed and you see blood in the floss' string, this could indicate you suffer from gum disease.
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to gingivitis or periodontal disease, which in turn can result in tooth loss. When we do an oral examination, we can see if your gums are healthy. If you suffer from gum disease, sometimes the gums bleed, even when slightly poked with our instruments.
What to Do if Gums Hurt When Flossing
Brushing and flossing are two of the most important things you can do for your oral health. Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush will clean your teeth and get rid of all the food particle buildup through the day or night. Flossing is crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Those smaller particles caught in the crevices between your teeth are hard to reach with a toothbrush, even an electric one and that is why we strongly urge you to floss at least once daily.
Flossing shouldn't hurt, though some patients tend to do it too vigorously, which can irritate the gums. However, it is important to note that if your gums bleed or are painful when flossing, you should let us know as soon as possible.
The sooner we treat you, if you have gum disease, the better we can prevent the condition from developing into a more severe problem that could lead to tooth loss.
Sometimes, pieces of food get stuck and getting them out with floss can hurt. However, if you are flossing correctly, without applying too much force, flossing should not cause you pain. We need to know if flossing is something that causes you pain, so please let us know.
Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC (503) 673-9097
Location 15962 Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 105 Lake Oswego, OR 97035