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I have braces. gums bleed and hurt when flossing. i know u need to floss, but i can't even do it without the floss getting stuck or hurting?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Tried tape?: You can look for dental tape where you buy floss, it is thinner and sometimes easier to get to fit in tight spaces. You should also speak to your dentist to get questions answered and help with technique / practice, as you will be wearing them for a while.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Hydro floss : Hydrofloss or waterpik will be your best option along with brushing well. It is easy to get frustrated but hang in there you can do it. One last comment; make sure when you are finished with treatment to wear your retainer, or everything you are going through right now, will be for naught.

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