A member asked:

Can too much dental floss cause damage on gums?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr. answered

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Yes & No: There is no problem with using floss a lot. However the floss can be damaging if you allow it to cut the gum. Then you now have a wound that swells and bleeds and a great place for bacteria to collect.

Answered 8/11/2019


Dr. Jack Binder answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Maybe: There is a proper way to floss. If you have doubts, ask your dental professional to instruct you on proper technique.

Answered 11/9/2015


Dr. Don Millner answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

No if done correctly: Most people snap the floss between their teeth to fling out food particles. This is not flossing! to floss look in a mirror with your eyes open ; carefully saw between the teeth contacting areas. Carefully, curve the floss to follow the contour of the back wall of the tooth and carry it down until there is resistance then bring it up but not through the contact and do same the approximating wall.

Answered 6/29/2017



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