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Alternative to flossing

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Patient
Posted by: Jewelspalace  (8 years ago)

I have been trying to practice a good oral hygiene lately after discovering some cavities in my teeth. (I got them filled already). I brush three times a day, floss and rinse with mouth wash twice a day.

For the past few days I have run into an issue with flossing. My gums kept being inflamed, hurt and bled every single time. The dentist taught me the right flossing technique and said if I do it right daily for more than a week, all the bleeding and pain should stop. It's been almost a week now but my gums still get swollen and my teeth would hurt after I floss. Though the bleeding has subsided, my gums still get red and inflamed.

What should I do? Should I stop? Is there any alternatives to flossing?

Thanks!
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
Hello Jewelspalace, although your gums will eventually become used to flossing it takes a little time. Try not to be too vigorous and floss gently. You may also use the pre-threaded flosses. Unfortunately there are no other alternatives to flossing to remove food stuck in between your teeth. There are many modifications to flossing such as brush headed ones for those with no contact between teeth and for those individuals who have fixed bridges.
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