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Why It Is Important to Talk to Us When Flossing Hurts?

Posted on 12/25/2019 by Sandra Embree
Why It Is Important to Talk to Us When Flossing Hurts?Flossing is an important part of maintaining oral hygiene. Flossing once a day is vital in preventing tooth decay, which can lead to a number of unpleasant afflictions. But, if you floss and experience pain, it could be the sign of a serious health concern.

What Causes Pain While Flossing?

Gum sensitivities can be caused by a number of problems, and are often first noticed when flossing. This is why it is so important to floss regularly, and to call us if you begin to notice pain during your normal flossing routine.

Flossing aggressively or too often can damage the gums and cause pain over time. Gums are soft and susceptible to injury; when flossing, gently caress the sides of the tooth, and try not to dig into the gums.

Those who do not floss regularly may experience pain, and light bleeding when first flossing, as the gums are very sensitive and take time adjusting to new sensations. However, if the pain is excessive, or any swelling is caused, this could be a sign of a deeper issue.

Vitamin deficiencies, food allergies, and hormonal changes can all cause changes to the gums, and lead to pain while flossing. While our dentists cannot diagnose these problems, they will be able to rule out other, common causes of gum sensitivity. Canker sores, gingivitis (gum disease), tooth abscesses, and even oral cancer are also reasons for gum sensitivity. The signs of these ailments can be identified in our office.

When flossing hurts, it can be a result of several issues. While some are less serious and can be easily treated, there are serious issues that can cause pain while flossing. If flossing is becoming difficult or painful, give us a call today.

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Ann Arbor Dentist - Sandra Embree, DDS

Dr. Embree graduated from The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She completed postdoctoral training in a General Practice Residency at University of Michigan Hospitals Department of Hospital Dentistry. Dr. Embree received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and practiced in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital prior to her dental school training.
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Ann Arbor Dentist - Courtney Heys, DDS
Heys, DDS

Dr. Heys is originally from the Seattle area. She moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 to attend the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Heys has been in private practice since 2007. She has practiced 4 years in Saline, MI and 4 years in Jackson, MI.
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Best of Ann Arbor Award-9 years in a row
3 time Nominee of Hour Detroit Magazines Top Dentist
CMUS Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

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  • "Thank you for always providing such professional and caring service to my husband, Cody. Dr. Heys and her staff are helping him get his teeth back into shape and are doing a fantastic job. You are all the best!"
    ~ Jenna E
  • "The staff are exceptional! They're down to earth and make you feel welcome. Very professional and friendly."
    ~Deanna D.
  • "The team at Embree Dentistry really goes above and beyond. They are concerned with preventative care and monitor issues with individual attention. They came up with a treatment plan for me before I am able to undergo any procedures. "
    ~ Aleksandra
  • "As a new patient, Embree Dentistry definitely makes you feel well-informed and cared about. They were very good with appointment reminders, and at your first appointment, they talk through every step of the process to make sure you're aware of what each step is for."
    ~ Suzanne
  • "Dr. Embree and her staff provided me the best dentistry I've ever had. I had a lot of work done, including several fillings and three crowns. Dr. Embree is very careful to make the procedures as painless as possible, and her staff made sure that my experiences were comfortable and stress free.
    Dr. Embree did a deep cleaning that I'm sure allowed me to avoid periodontal work. Her staff is very efficient in setting up appointments and sending reminders. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Embree's dentistry."
    ~ Jenny
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