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teeth ache after flossing!

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Posted by: ohdear123  (8 years ago)
Hello, I have been flossing alot, ever since my dentist said I should do it at least once a day, but after eating is also beneficial.

She also said the back gap on the upper teeth needs to be done a lot as in the xray it looked like it may develop problem

I always get food stuck there really tight EVERYTIME I eat something. I floss in the correct manner all over, but for those two particular gaps at the back/top of my mouth, I usually get the floss and put it in and pull it out from one end, it seems to get the food out best this way, but the next day the gaps are aching. I maybe floss 2-3 times a day, two brief ones during the day, and then a proper floss at night

1) So is it possible to floss too much as it is only those two gaps that are aching. And if I am, am I expected to just go through the day with food stuck there, because I can feel it, and its annoying!

2) If so, what damage have I done, is the enamel worn away, and is it reversible?

P.S They got infected last year as I was probably flossing too hard
P.S It is the actual teeth that ache, not the gums

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Posted by: JoannaM  (8 years ago)
Actually, I don't know, what is the reason of your problem. My dentist in milton showed me how to use floss correctly, so, probably, you should visit your doctor
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Hello, I have been flossing alot, ever since my dentist said I should do it at least once a day, but after eating is also beneficial.

She also said the back gap on the upper teeth needs to be done a lot as in the xray it looked like it may develop problem

I always get food stuck there really tight EVERYTIME I eat something. I floss in the correct manner all over, but for those two particular gaps at the back/top of my mouth, I usually get the floss and put it in and pull it out from one end, it seems to get the food out best this way, but the next day the gaps are aching. I maybe floss 2-3 times a day, two brief ones during the day, and then a proper floss at night

1) So is it possible to floss too much as it is only those two gaps that are aching. And if I am, am I expected to just go through the day with food stuck there, because I can feel it, and its annoying!

2) If so, what damage have I done, is the enamel worn away, and is it reversible?

P.S They got infected last year as I was probably flossing too hard
P.S It is the actual teeth that ache, not the gums



First of all flossing will not damage your enamel. The only risk associated with aggressive flossing is trauma to the gums which can result in discomfort and/or gum recession if you continue with this habit.
I am not clear whether that area has tight contacts or "gap" as you describe it.
In case you have tight contacts and you have to use excessive force to push the floss under, you are using the wrong one. Use waxed floss which requires less force. Most patients find it hard to floss their back teeth. You can try another oral hygiene tool called "eez thru" by gum or any similar product
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