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Does electric floss harm periodontium?


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Published At January 8, 2024
Reviewed AtJanuary 8, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I visited the doctor, and he said to use an electric floss for some days. I used that, and this happened. Picture attached.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

1. It is a soft tissue abrasion.

2. You have already been diagnosed earlier with localized periodontitis with a gingival recession on your lower anterior.

3. This means you already have a gum recession in the lower anterior.

4. Have you been treated for that?

5. Few days back, you were diagnosed with localized periodontitis, and I hope the dentist would have suggested the treatment plan for the same.

6. As you have weakened gums and bone loss in the lower anterior, please treat it.

7. Once treated, you can maintain that area with the proper oral hygiene aids such as floss, interdental brushes, and mouth rinses.

8. Please kindly do not use the electric floss till then in that particular area, which can cause severe damage if you don't use it properly.

9. Visit a dentist and get your scaling done, then go for an X-ray investigation to see the amount of bone loss; if necessary, the dentist would suggest surgery for the receded gums.

10. So, once all the treatment is done, the dentist would suggest oral hygiene techniques for maintaining good oral health.

11. So, now, please stop using the electric floss. Let the soft tissue injury heal.

12. If you need a detailed consultation or any queries to be cleared, we can switch over to video consultation.

Thank you.

The Probable causes

Incorrect usage of electric floss.

Preventive measures

Kindly stop using the floss for some days.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My doctor said surgery was not possible. What is another treatment?

Thank you.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

1. I have seen your X-ray of the lower anterior. (attachment removed for patient identity protection).

2. That particular tooth in the lower has abysmal bone support, and I hope it is mobile too.

3. There is no use in going for surgery, as the results will not be great.

4. I would suggest you go for an extraction of the tooth and have an artificial replacement.

5. You can choose many options for artificial replacement according to your needs.

6. Even your dentist would recommend the right choice for you.

7. So, extracting it will be the permanent solution for it.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shiva Shangkharii. K.
Dr. Shiva Shangkharii. K.


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