(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.