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Could Flossing Be Bad for Your Gums?

Posted in Gum Disease

Flossing is important. Daily flossing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but did you know that improper flossing could be harmful to your gums?

Technique Matters!

When you floss, stay as close to your tooth as possible. Wrap the floss snugly around the crown in a C-shape before working it below the gums between teeth.

Scoot the floss up and down all the while keeping it pulled firmly against the tooth. You don’t need to pull so hard that your tooth hurts, but keep the floss thread taut enough that it stays on the tooth.

Don’t just randomly shove floss between two teeth. Pay attention to each side of every tooth. Also, avoid forcing the floss through tight spots; instead, see-saw it in gently.

Why It Matters

Your teeth are curved on the sides. Picture a row of eggs resting in a foam egg crate. The spaces between the eggs are kind of hourglass shaped. Neighboring teeth sitting in gums look similarly.

If you don’t hug the floss to the crown of the tooth, you’ll end up missing all the plaque packed in at the gum line. It’s key to follow the curve of the tooth as you scoot the floss down to ensure you reach all the plaque.

Not only will incorrect technique miss plaque, but it can hurt your gums. Simply jamming the floss straight down between your teeth can cut your soft tissue.

Signs of Incorrect Flossing

Do your gums bleed every time you floss despite the fact that you floss daily? Is there a cleft or slice mark on the gums between your teeth?

Rough flossing may be your problem.

Ask your dentist for tips on gentle flossing and alternatives to traditional floss.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064


Are You Using the Wrong Floss?

Yes, your dentist is glad you’re using ANY kind of floss, at all!

But did you know that flossing could be such a chore for you because you’re flossing incorrectly? You may even be using the wrong type of floss, altogether.

Getting your flossing right could get you excited about keeping your teeth in tip-top shape.

Embrasure Space

No, this isn’t hugging etiquette!

The embrasure space is the dental term for the gap between teeth: how big it is, the shape of it, and how much of it is filled with gum tissue.

That space is affected by things like:

  • Tooth alignment
  • Tooth size and shape
  • Gum recession
  • Missing teeth.

Flossing is all about cleaning between teeth – the front and back-facing sides that don’t get reached with a toothbrush. But the type of floss you choose has to suit that embrasure area in order to do a good job.

Floss Options and Alternatives

Choose floss by keeping in mind those gaps between your teeth. For teeth tightly packed together, you’ll want something thin and smooth, like a waxed ribbon floss or tape. Large gaps like tufted or “fluffy” floss for wicking away plaque.

Only have a couple lonely teeth left? Show them some love by flossing with a piece of soft yarn or gauze that reaches all sides.

If you have braces or just find it difficult to floss with your hands, a water flosser could be right for you.

Some flosses come mounted on a horseshoe shaped toothbrush head for easy reaching.

Along with regular dental checkups and cleanings, flossing is an essential part of a healthy mouth and body. Find out how you can improve in your flossing technique by scheduling a visit with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401


Flossing Tips and Tricks to Make Your Job Easier

Are you tired of seeing red (or pink, rather) every time you floss? Don’t give it up completely. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make sure your flossing routine is a success. 

  1. Floss More Often

Most people don’t floss unless they feel something stuck in their tooth…like after eating corn on the cob or a steak. In the meantime, gingivitis starts to flare up. The best way to avoid bleeding gums is to floss every single day. Give it two weeks before you expect to see bleeding go away completely. 

  1. Try a Water Flosser Instead

Toss the floss and go with a water flosser. Water flossing can reach well between the teeth and even into the pockets under your gums, so that you don’t have to finagle a piece of string. You can even alter the pressure or temperature of water, for better comfort. 

  1. Switch it Up

Try an angled floss pick that makes it easier to reach between your back teeth. A lot of these floss picks come with tufted ends that can be used to clean larger spaces or areas under fixed bridges. 

  1. Take a Different Angle

Don’t pop your floss straight up and down between your teeth. Rather, wrap it around one tooth at a time and glide it underneath your gums as you rub against the tooth several times. This will help you prevent traumatizing the “papilla” (gum point) between your two teeth.

Remember to see your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year. Routine dental cleanings help to remove bacteria and tartar that collects in hard-to-reach areas, so that you can keep your natural smile for life!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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