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Do braces hurt when you have sensitive gums when flossing?

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Dr. Keith Grimm
Dentistry 25 years experience
Yes: Braces in general are going to hurt a little. If your gums are sensitive to flossing it's most likely due to some inflammation caused by plaque bacteria at or slightly below your gums. Having braces makes cleaning your teeth harder which could make the inflammation worse...And the soreness worse. Make sure your gums are nice and healthy when you start treatment and it should be a problem.
Dr. Scotty Bolding
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 28 years experience
They can: It is imperative that you keep your gums healthy especially when wearing braces.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not: Not if done correctly. Ask your specialist Orthodontist for braces-friendly cleaning techniques.

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