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By Carrie Polster, DMD
August 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Learn what could be causing your gum pain from your Midland Park dentist.

Do your gums hurt after flossing? Since failure to treat sore gums can lead to additional problems, including tooth loss and receding gums, it's important to combat the soreness early. Dr. Carrie Polster is a highly skilled Midland Park, NJ dentist and she can help you get Flossingrid of gum pain once and for all. The following information will help you determine why your gums hurt after flossing.

#1- Gum Disease

Both gingivitis and periodontitis can cause gum pain. Gingivitis is the early and mildest form of gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease that can lead to serious implications, such as tooth loss and other health problems. Although it hurts, continuing to floss can be an effective treatment for the earliest stages of gum disease.

#2- Hormonal Changes

Changes in your hormones can result in gum pain as well. According to the American Dental Association, gums become more sensitive because of hormone fluctuations. Swollen gums, which may be sore and sensitive are common during pregnancy. Women who are pregnant should have a periodontal exam as part of prenatal care.

#3- Type of Dental Floss

The type of dental floss you use may be causing your gum pain, too. For teeth that have wide spaces, dental tape may work better than floss for cleaning. If your teeth are very close together, you may need to use an extra-thin type of floss. Check your local pharmacy for all the different options.

#4- Aggressive Flossing

Flossing is a must for proper oral hygiene. Sore gums from flossing generally means that you are going about the task too vigorously. If you're too rough — digging the dental floss into your gums or snapping the dental floss down between your teeth — you can hurt yourself. Most likely, you are pushing the dental floss too far below the margin of the gums. This can traumatize the gum tissue.

Lingering gum pain is generally not a good sign. That is one reason why periodontal examinations and regular dental checkups and are important. If you are experiencing gum pain after flossing, call Dr. Polster at (201) 444-5675 right now to schedule your next dental appointment in Midland Park, NJ.