Ouch! Why Do My Teeth Hurt After Flossing?

It’s recommended to brush and floss regularly for optimal oral care. What most people don’t know is that flossing helps prevent sudden cavities and gum disease.

However, what happens when you experience pain after flossing? Should you call in a dental emergency? Here are the possible reasons to blame.

You’re flossing incorrectly. It’s best to start with about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers leaving a couple inches. When you floss, slide the floss gently up and down between your teeth, curving around each tooth. You should go beneath the gum line. Don’t go fast or jam the floss between your teeth.

You have sensitive teeth. Consider getting a professional cleaning done by your dentist because each time you floss, it’s going to hurt. Your local dentist can help explain tooth sensitivity and what treatments are available.

You have gum disease. This can result in sensitive teeth. Look at your gums. Are they red? Swollen? Bleeding after you floss? Your gums could begin to recede and expose more of your teeth. Talk to your local dentist immediately before it gets worse!

Don’t be alarmed if your teeth start hurting after brushing/flossing. Talk to your local dentist and explain how long the issue has been going on. They’ll be happy to help you with your pain and provide tips on how to keep the pain from coming back.