When you experience tooth pain after flossing it can be a common problem. We have people coming and asking us “can flossing cause a toothache?” There are many causes behind pain when you floss, but it’s important that we do not ignore this type of tooth pain.
It’s also important that you don’t stop flossing just because your teeth will hurt afterward. In fact, if you do not continue flossing or practicing good oral hygiene, you could make the problems worse.
While the reasons for tooth pain after flossing may vary, the three most common causes we will talk about below.
If you possess tooth decay or gum diseases, then you will have sensitive teeth. You’ll notice this when you floss because the enamel has been worn off the teeth and they are now decaying resulting in pain. Contact us immediately, as tooth decay can cause gum disease and tooth removal.
Improper Techniques Used
Many patients or sometimes their children who are new to flossing can spend too much time sliding into the gums with dental floss, this can cause irritation and the gums to swell up. The same is also true if you are using too much pressure to force down between teeth that are close together. If you are regularly using too much pressure, it can build up and cause pain every time you do it. If this is happening to you, you may consider switching to a Waterpik so your gums can heal and you[‘re still able to remove any harmful bacteria before it affects your teeth.
The final cause of tooth pain when you are flossing is if you possess gum disease. Gum disease is a buildup of plaque down beneath the gum line that causes the gums to inflame. As you continue to floss you will feel pain, but it is effective in slowing down the progression. Call us immediately to schedule a tooth cleaning.
Anytime that your gums hurt when you are flossing and it lasts longer than 7 to 10 days, it is a sign of trouble. Give our office a call immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms and we will get you scheduled and back on track.