Too-vigorous flossing can damage your gums for a number of reasons, including:
Gum irritation can result from aggressive flossing, which can irritate and inflame the gum tissue. Redness, tenderness, and swelling may result from this.
Gum Recession: Using too much force when flossing can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth or recede. Gum recession exposes the delicate tooth roots, increasing their susceptibility to decay and sensitivity.
Forceful flossing can cause cuts or other trauma to the sensitive gum tissue. This might result in open wounds that put you at risk for infection.
Loss of Enamel: You run the risk of unintentionally damaging the enamel on the sides of your teeth if you use excessive force or move a saw back and forth quickly.
Tooth Sensitivity: Teeth can become more sensitive when the gum tissue or enamel are damaged. When exposed to hot or cold temperatures or particular foods, the exposed dentin or nerve endings may feel uncomfortable or painful.
Aggressive flossing over time can weaken gum tissue and increase its susceptibility to gum disease. Infected gums and periodontal disease may result from damaged gums’ ability to form pockets where bacteria can gather.
It’s critical to use the right flossing techniques in order to avoid these problems:
Use Light Pressure: Press the floss against the gums with just enough force to remove any plaque or other debris. Gently move the floss up and down or back and forth between your teeth.
Be thorough; make sure to reach below the gumline and clean each tooth on both sides. Plaque and food particles are effectively removed thanks to this.
Pick the Right Floss: Go for a flexible, soft floss that slides between your teeth without irritating you.
Regularity: To keep your mouth healthy, floss at least once per day.
It’s always best to speak with a dentist or dental hygienist if you have questions about your gum health or proper flossing technique so that they can offer personalized advice based on your unique requirements.
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