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A 20-year-old female asked:

Will the teflon and the petroleum from the dental floss be absorbed into my bloodstream if my gums bleed whenever i floss them and the floss comes into contact with the bleeding gums?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Don't worry: If your gums are bleeding they are infected, requiring more care, not less. The amount of Teflon/Petroleum absorbed into blood stream is insignificant compared to toxins from infection. See your Dentist, or preferably a Periodontist (gum/bone specialist) to address your gum disease.

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