Health Tip: Floss Teeth With Minimal Pain

Do it carefully, but not too hard or too soft

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(HealthDay News) -- If you're not flossing because it hurts too much, it's time to rethink the way you floss.

The American Dental Association offers this advice:

  • Be gentle. Flossing too vigorously could injure the tissues between teeth.
  • On the other hand, flossing too gently may leave food between teeth that could lead to decay.
  • Floss carefully between teeth. Any initial discomfort should only last a week or two.
  • If flossing continues to be painful, speak with your dentist.

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