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Bleeding gums after flossing

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Posted by: AudiGlenna  (2 years ago)
Hi all,

I have not been to see a dentist in three years because of financial issues. I don’t have dental insurance. A few weeks ago, I started to feel pain in one of my back teeth. I thought I have a cavity and so I brushed and flossed a lot to keep it from progressing. (I never flossed before. I only brushed my teeth and rinsed with mouthwash.) Recently, I noticed that my gums bleed after flossing. Is this normal for those who are new to flossing like me? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (2 years ago)

I have not been to see a dentist in three years because of financial issues. I don’t have dental insurance.


Professional dental cleaning procedures have come a long way from being expensive. If you looked around the Internet, you could find some that go for as low as 40 odd dollars for a package that includes check-up, x-rays and cleaning in it.

A few weeks ago, I started to feel pain in one of my back teeth. I thought I have a cavity and so I brushed and flossed a lot to keep it from progressing.

Please understand that a symptom like pain, especially in a tooth, rears its ugly head only when things get a little late. So, I'm not sure if your renewed vigor in brushing and flossing that area will help anything. Only a visit to the dentist will help, so get one.

(I never flossed before. I only brushed my teeth and rinsed with mouthwash.) Recently, I noticed that my gums bleed after flossing. Is this normal for those who are new to flossing like me? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Yes, it is pretty normal for your gums to bleed when you have just adopted a new habit like flossing. Don't let that discourage you though. Adopt proper techniques and keep up with it. Your gums will thank you for it.

Be well!

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