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Why Are My Teeth Sore After Flossing?

If your teeth hurt after you floss, you may be having issues with gum disease. Although this can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. While the pain of gum disease is not normally severe, it can become so if left untreated. If you’re experiencing chronic soreness or bleeding in your mouth after flossing, see a dentist right away to diagnose the issue.

With that in mind, here are the most common causes of soreness after flossing:

  1. You May Have Gum Disease
    If your gums are sore after flossing, the problem could be gum disease. Gum disease is an infection that causes inflammation of the gums and can lead to other serious health problems like heart disease and stroke. If you have gum disease, your gums may recede from your teeth, which makes it harder for them to support themselves.
  2. You Have a Cavity or Sensitive Teeth
    If you experience sensitivity after flossing, it could be due to a cavity or another dental issue. Cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth and can cause painful tooth sensitivity. Cavities can be treated with fluoride treatments, dental bleaching, and fillings.
  3. You Use the Wrong Floss
    The most important thing to remember is that you should use the right type of floss. It should be soft, waxed floss that is easy on your gums. If you find it difficult to get the floss between your teeth, some tools can help. A dental floss threader will easily slide through between two teeth and pull out any pieces of food in its path.

More Frequent Dental Checkups Can Help

When you’re having a problem, it’s always best to get it checked out by a professional. Rather than just relying on yourself to find the cause of your sore teeth and then treating the issue, you need to visit the dentist.

LiveWell Dentistry’s expert team will identify what’s causing your sore teeth and recommend ways for you to prevent future problems. We’ll take the time to get to know your current oral hygiene routine and recommend best practices for flossing and brushing to reduce pain and sensitivity.

If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call today. We’re happy to help!

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