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A 44-year-old female asked:

when i have episodic, localized gum pain when i floss, the floss goes down deeper. i'm supposed to ignore pain & floss as far as it goes down, right?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not really...: Pain is an indication that you gums are inflamed. You may have periodontal issues. Have your dentist take a look and see a periodontist if necessary.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
No: Pain is an indicator that something is wrong. While I admire your diligence, it's possible that your flossing technique needs adjustment. It's also possible, if you are not receiving regular professional care, or you have a systemic problem, that you gave had damage to your gums/bone. Please see your Dentist for an assessment.

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