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      Default Cut my gum flossing?

      I have one area between two teeth that always has food stuck in it--I have fillings on each side, and the margins have never been right (they've redone it twice). So I floss a lot between these two teeth, and now I think I've irritated the gum from excess flossing. I'm assuming this is possible, but I'm paranoid, so I wanted to check

      It just feels sort of sore and the gums feels a little inflamed. It doesn't "hurt." Could it just be the irritation? Should I just lay off the floss there for a couple of days?

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      Default Re: Cut my gum flossing?

      Could you get a hygienist to watch you flossing to make sure you're doing it properly? Some folks are a bit heavy handed and use floss more like a cheese cutter than a cleaning implement

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      Default Re: Cut my gum flossing?

      Thanks! It went away, so I'm guessing it was just a little sore.

      Yes, I'll ask my hygienist to watch me, but she said I wasn't doing it hard enough before...?

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      Default Re: Cut my gum flossing?

      Quote Originally Posted by annie778 View Post
      I'm also sure those interdental "loo"-type brushes can do a lot of damage if used incorrectly.
      Couldn't agree more - refuse to even try to use those. I don't worry about flossing though - surely making sure the floss curves round the sides of the tooth in a U shape is the key thing, rather than a seesaw motion down onto the gum which would hurt anyway.
      I'd be wary of young hygienists with 'perfect teeth' telling you you are not doing anything hard enough - they are seemingly sometimes unaware of the dangers of overdoing this stuff...believing no patient would ever be sufficiently compliant to do themselves any harm.
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless but we patients come unstuck because all dentists are not created equal

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      Default Re: Cut my gum flossing?

      Quote Originally Posted by annie778 View Post
      interesting you mention hygienists because I was wondering if I am the only one alarmed at the "sandpaper" type stuff they use to clean tartar between teeth. It's like rough superfloss with a kick. The problem being that I'm worried they are filing my teeth away too....
      Haven't noticed that with hygienist but when my dentist flosses a bit for me as part of a check-up - the stuff he uses does seem rougher i.e. not like the floss I use myself....maybe Gordon knows what they could be using that's different?....
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless but we patients come unstuck because all dentists are not created equal

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      Default Re: Cut my gum flossing?

      The rough stuff is needed to get the final wee bit of tartar off. Enamel is pretty hard stuff, there's no danger of taking any off with it. The proper name for it is finishing strip.

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