Q4. Are there any risks with flossing?

A4. No. Some people find that when they first start flossing that their gums bleed or are sore but this stops after the first few attempts.

Bleeding gums can be caused by an incorrect technique, pulling the floss too harshly through the gaps between the teeth or the early warning signs of gum disease. Flossing can improve the health of your gums but if you are concerned then speak to your dentist.

It may be the case that you require a dental clean such as a ‘scale and polish’.

FAQS Index:

Dental Floss FAQs - A Guide to Dental Floss

  1. What is ‘dental floss?’
  2. Should I floss?
  3. What are the benefits of flossing?
  4. Are there any risks with flossing?
  5. Can I floss if my teeth are too close together?
  6. My teeth have gaps between them, can I use dental floss?
  7. What types of floss are there?
  8. Which floss is right for me?
  1. How much does floss cost?
  2. How do I use floss?
  3. Q11. I brush my teeth every day; do I need to use floss?
  4. Does flossing hurt?
  5. I have arthritis and find it difficult to floss; is there an alternative?
  6. What is ‘Glide?’
  7. What is a ‘flossing aid?’

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