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Dangers of Flossing Too Hard

Posted on 5/27/2017 by Dr. Justin Lai
A man flossing his teeth.
How many times have you been told that flossing is a critical part of your daily oral hygiene routine, and that you should be flossing at least once per day?

So, when you floss, you want to be thorough. While this is an important habit to have, flossing too hard can actually be detrimental.

Importance of Flossing

Flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine for a couple of reasons. First, it helps to remove food particles, plaque and bacteria from between your teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach.

It also helps to reach the areas just below the gum line, again, a place the bristles of your toothbrush cannot go. While you want to make sure you get everything, by flossing too hard, you are actually doing more harm than good.

Gum Lacerations

Your gum tissue is sensitive. By snapping the floss, or pressing it too hard, you can actually cut your gums, causing them to bleed. Open wounds in your gums can leave you susceptible to bacterial invasion. If bacteria enter your bloodstream, you are at risk for developing other health issues.

Harming the Gum Line

Your gums sit snugly against your teeth. When you press too hard with floss, you pull your gums away, exposing the roots of your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to decay and sensitivity. Bacteria can then easily slip below the gum line and start attacking from within, leading to more advanced stages of gum disease.

Enamel Damage

If you are especially vigorous in your flossing routine, you can actually damage your enamel, the hard, protective outer layer of your teeth. Many people who are overly forceful wear away at their enamel. You can even cause bone loss in the supporting structures of your teeth, which can cause your teeth to become loose, or even fall out.

While flossing is important, so, too, is your technique. If you have questions about the proper way to floss, do not hesitate to contact our office.

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