It hurts every time I floss, is this normal?

Johnny P.
No, unfortunately it sounds like a sign of infection. I asked my hygienist why i bleed every time I gotta, and she told me that we need to floss frequently enough that it stops bleeding or that the bleeding is minimal and located only in the same specific area. However, Pain shouldn't occur, you either may be flossing harshly (which she discouraged) or you may have any of the common mouth diseases like cavities or gingivitis and need to search for a treatment to reduce inflammation and discomfort/ pain. Also, you may want to temporary ly change to another toothpaste like sensodyne.
Vanessa U.
It can be uncomfortable if you hav not flossed in a long time, can also see some blood. Just be gentle and slow to start. Over time it will stop hurting and there will be no blood or very little.
Lilian U.
If you are not flossing regularly, chances are your gums will be sensitive after flossing. This can also be a sign of the gum disease, gingivitis, which can become a more serious problem if ignored. This has happened to me before and one thing I have added to my dental hygiene routine is an anti-gingivitis mouth wash. I absolutely love the brand “Hello”. It is all natural and cruelty-free with ingredients like aloe vera and coconut oil. It promotes healthy gums, helps prevent plaque and gingivitis, and freshens breath. Using this mouthwash along with adding the good habit “floss” to my evening routine has really helped my gums from being sore after flossing!
William Y.
If it hurts and/or bleed I believe there might be some level of gum inflammation. If you create the habit to floss at least once a day, it'll slowly get better. If you have a bad case of gengivitis, you'll need to see a professional dentist/higienist.
Tracey E.
It may be more painful to floss if you’re a smoker. If it still hurts after another week of daily flossing, I’d make an appointment with your dentist. Make the appointment sooner if flossing is causing your gums to bleed. Good luck.
Sofia A.
If you are trying to start flossing for the first time in a long time yes it's totally normal, your gums have to get used to it and will not be so tender or prone to bleeding after a few weeks .if you are someone who is flossing everyday and have been for a month or more then I advise seeing a dentist just incase.
Alexis O.
It is definitely normal when you first start a flossing habit. However, your gums should get less tender over the first week or two, until there is no pain with flossing. However, if you break your habit, it will hurt to start up again!
But if pain or bleeding continues after a few weeks of regular flossing, probably you should see your dentist about that.
Alix P.
Typically, this is a result of not flossing and brushing your teeth well or often enough. The most common type of gum disease is gingivitis. … To get your gums to stop hurting, brush and floss twice daily and use mouthwash. If it isn't addressed, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which could cause tooth loss.
Diane T.
It could be that you are either flossing too hard and damaging your gum tissue. Try to floss on each side of your tooth rather than directly down the center. It could also be that it has been some time since you last flossed, causing pain because of slight irritation and inflection which can happen after waiting too long to floss. Both are normal. Best to talk to your dentist if it gets worse
Leslie C.
It's normal that it hurts a bit, and that there is bleeding. Once you start flossing more often those bleeding should top, along with the pain, it's like if you were making your gum stronger. You should check with a dentist also, he will be able to make the first cleaning, check if there is any disease and provide you the right knowledge.
Cindy J.
Hmm that’s not good! It’s normal for your gums to bleed when you first start flossing, if you haven’t been flossing consistently. But if it keeps happening after a week or two, you should see the dentist. They can help clean your gums better so there’s less inflammation, and they can check to see if you’re flossing the best way. Good luck and good job taking care of your teeth!
Zeleida I.
Hi. It can hurt sometimes but it shouldn’t hurt much. I’ve been flossing nightly for many years. Seldom hurts. I’d recommend seeing your dentist. But great you are flossing! A good habit!
Basile E.
If you haven’t been consistent with flossing, it’s normal that you might have some pain and inflammation, and possibly some bleeding. These are early signs of gingivitis. If it’s early, these can be reversed by becoming more consistent with flossing. Try to floss at least once per day to get back into the habit, and then try to do morning and night. Soon the pain, bleeding and inflammation should go away. If it’s getting worse, go see your dentist.
Maria Q.
Once you start to floss it will hurt a little, but the pain will ease away. If it continues to hurt, then try to not floss so rough or hard.
Ritthy F.
If you haven't flossed in a while then yes. But if this persists you need to talk to your dentist because it might be a sign of gum disease. Hope that helps!
Carlos U.
You might have sensitive gums. Or it might be an indication of a problem; could be worth checking with your dentist. You shouldn’t normally feel pain from flossing.