Flossing Can Damage Gums If Not Done Carefully

A dental hygienist once told me, “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but flossing will be more effective for you if you do it properly.” What she meant is that I was flossing too quickly, and this was harming my mouth 4 ways:

1. Pushing my gums down, 2. Damaging the surface of my gums (increasing vulnerability to bad microbes which can make me ill), 3.  Opening up space around the base of the teeth so that plaque could form below the gumline, and 4. Failing to remove plaque from around the circumference of each tooth.

SOLUTION:  It’s very simple. I now take my time, slowly working the floss between my teeth, and wrapping the floss around each tooth. Using Plax pre-brushing dental rinse also loosens plaque, making it easier to remove the plaque.


2 Replies to “Flossing Can Damage Gums If Not Done Carefully”

  1. Thank you! Great post and also helpful as I tend to do this a bit too hard for my own good I´m afraid.

    By the way, what would you recommend if I want to make my teeth whiter, without damaging the emalj? Is it even possible?

    Looking forward to more posts from you, your site is awesome! Have bookmarked it!


    1. John,

      I appreciate your feedback! Coincidentally, I had a semiannual tooth exam and cleaning 2 days ago, and no dental work was needed. Hooray!

      Regarding your question, I am a coffee drinker; before I used Sensodyne Gentle Whitening, the dental hygienist had to scrub extra to remove coffee stains from my teeth. During this week’s visit, stain removal was not needed, which I attribute in part to Sensodyne Gentle Whitening.

      American Dental Association (ADA) has issued a safety and effectiveness statement on tooth whitening products, which I recommend taking a look at. Great news: ADA has approved several products, including Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous Teeth.

      You should consult with your dentist for a personalized suggestion, because everyone’s teeth are different. Thanks for your inquiry, and I look forward to hearing your results if you decide to pursue a tooth whitening product!


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