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Experiencing gum soreness and bleeding during and after flossing is not uncommon, particularly if you haven’t flossed regularly. If the discomfort is unbearable, there are effective measures you can take to address the issue.

  1. Be Gentle: The most straightforward approach to alleviate gum soreness and bleeding is to exercise gentleness during flossing. Over-aggressive flossing is a common cause of gum problems. If you’re too rough on your gums, whether due to being out of practice or rushing, soreness is expected. Take your time, be gentle, and if you’re just starting, be patient and consistent. Over time, your gums will adapt and become more resilient.
  2. Use an Alternative Method: If being gentle doesn’t provide relief, consider alternative flossing methods. A water floss machine, also known as a water pick, is an option. This device shoots water into the spaces between your teeth to dislodge food and plaque. Water flossers come with various attachments to reach challenging areas. Additionally, you can explore floss options that are less abrasive to your gums, such as those with soft and gentle coatings.
  3. Stay Consistent: Consistency is key to building a successful flossing habit. If you persist in being gentle and consider alternative methods, you increase your chances of flossing success, and the discomfort is likely to diminish over time.

Flossing is a crucial aspect of oral hygiene that should not be overlooked. While initial discomfort may tempt you to stop, adopting the recommended methods can enhance your flossing experience and reduce any associated pain. For additional flossing tips, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at our Boca Raton office and consult with Dr. Sindledecker, Dr. Saltz, or a member of our team!

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