Common Flossing Mistakes

Flossing mistakesFlossing mistakes usually happen when bacteria between your teeth and gums is not removed properly. That being said, using floss every day typically means that you’ll have spectacular oral health.

Normal brushing simply can’t get rid of everything. So having the proper technique is key to your oral care routine. To get the most out of your flossing, you may need to kick some of the bad habits located below.

Forgetting spots

When flossing your teeth, always make sure to floss every spot. That means along the sides of each tooth, in-between each tooth, behind the last molars, and around any dental restorations. In some cases a special type of floss may be required to help with any work done by your dentist.

Inconsistent flossing

We usually recommended you floss your teeth at least once a day, however many people tend to skip a few days each week. Unfortunately being inconsistent is a terrible flossing mistake. This type of routine makes it less effective since plaque accumulates everyday. Flossing daily doesn’t take very long and it can save you a great deal of time spent in your dentist’s chair.

Gum irritation

The whole point of flossing is to remove plaque from between your teeth. If possible always try to not irritate your gum line. Using an incorrect technique can cause gum irritation and bleeding that may cause gum recession. To prevent this, reduce pressure to the gums during flossing and brushing.

Flossing to hard

One common mistake many people make while flossing is flossing too hard. When you floss too hard, you can cut your gums and cause them to bleed. If this happens, your gums are exposed to infection. Bacteria in your mouth can infect your gums if they have open wounds. To avoid flossing as hard, you may need to be more mindful while you floss. If you notice any pain while flossing, chances are you’re flossing too hard.

Schedule an appointment

Proper flossing shouldn’t make your gums bleed. You may need to come see us if your gums tend to bleed more often than most. If you’d like to learn more about flossing mistakes, contact us at or give us a call. We can answer your questions or set up an appointment for you.