When you first start to floss you are a little eager and not quite sure how to do what you are doing, and you are going to bleed a little bit.
But, if you are bleeding every time you floss, then there is probably something wrong and you are most likely flossing too hard. Flossing is an effective way of keeping your teeth clean and bacteria-free.
Takeaways for Flossing Too Hard
If you floss too many times in a day it will hurt your gumline and expose your roots. Flossing too much and too hard also results in bleeding from pressing too hard on your gum line, and when you floss too hard you inadvertently dig underneath your gumline with the floss.
Forcing the floss against the gums or the teeth and using too much pressure can hurt the gums and ever wear away the enamel over time. Of course, it should be done with some pressure, but not excessive pressure and it can be tricky to get it right the first few times you begin. Just like brushing though it is best to do the task gently for best results.
You should never skip flossing though, because you aren't sure how to do it correctly or you are afraid you are harming your teeth. It is good to remember that gums usually bleed because you haven't flossed in a while.
However, if your gums continue to bleed even when you continue to floss more gently then it is time to see the dentist and he will be happy to show you how to floss correctly during your next check-up. Many people experience receding gums, gum disease, and root cavities without realizing that the main problem may actually be that they have harmful flossing habits.
We welcome your call to our office to come in and let us help you with your flossing techniques.