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Flossing is an important technique used to clear off plaque from the tooth surface. It cleans and dislodges food attached between the teeth, which decreases the number of bacteria and plaque in the mouth. Plaque is a sticky film that grows on teeth and leads to cavities and gum infections.

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I am diligent in maintaining oral health. Kindly guide.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old female. I have been diligent about brushing and flossing my teeth regularly. What are the key components of an effective daily oral hygiene routine, and in what order should they be performed like brushing, flossing, and mouthwash? Are there any particular toothbrush...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It is always better to brush twice daily after meals in an up-down or circular motion. 1. Flossing is needed only at night before sleep to remove any food debris that may be stuck between teeth. 2. Brush can be replaced fo...  Read Full »

How do I manage my oral hygiene?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 40-year-old male seeking more information about oral hygiene maintenance. What are the key components of a good oral hygiene routine, and how often should I brush and floss my teeth? Are there specific toothpaste and mouthwash ingredients I should look for to promote oral health?...  Read Full »

Dr. Shabnoor Shakeel

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern. Oral hygiene can be maintained by:Ensure you brush twice daily: once in the morning and once after dinner before sleeping.Technique: Start with the back teeth, covering three teeth at a time. Use 20 strokes in each area, and avoid brushing ...  Read Full »

I have pain on my gingiva after flossing. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old female. Two days ago, I flossed between the lower central incisors and they have a tight contact area. After flossing I have pain in gingiva over that area. I do not usually floss. This was the first time. What could be the reason? Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shiva Shangkharii. K.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Flossing is a very good technique to keep the interdental area clean. I appreciate your efforts to maintain good oral hygiene. There are proper techniques that have to be followed while flossing. There are lots of p...  Read Full »

I flossed and hurt my gum which caused bleeding. After a few days, the area became white. Will it heal on its own or is it infected?

Query: Hello doctor,I flossed and I hurt my gum, causing it to bleed. After a few days, I noticed near the area of the gums appear slightly white like a canker sore. Will it heal on its own or is it infected?  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. As you have mentioned your gums were hurt during flossing, so there is a proper step-by-step process through which any tissue heals. This process comes to a stage called the granulation tissue stage, which is generally du...  Read Full »

As my doctor suggested, I feel discomfort after using electric floss for some time. Please help.

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.  Read Full »

Dr. Shiva Shangkharii. K.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 da...  Read Full »

I bought a pack of dental floss two years back. Can I use it now?

Query: Hi doctor, I visited a dentist nearly two years ago, and I was suggested to use dental floss. I tried using it for a week and then did not continue. Now I have tooth sensitivity and occasional pain. So I am thinking of using dental floss regularly as suggested by the dentist before. But I need to k...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhanya Mary Sam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to sensitivity and pain are different entities. So in which tooth do you have pain? The treatment is different for both, so can you please specify? Flossing can be done, but to be done correctly and to answer your query about whether your old floss can be used, I recomm...  Read Full »

Could the bleeding and sensation I experience while flossing be a sign of internal tooth decay?

Query: Hello, doctor,When I floss the gums between my top right third teeth, it gives me great satisfaction and encourages me to floss with more pressure. I do feel some sensation, but it is not sensitivity. However, I noticed that it bleeds quite a bit during this process. I do not experience the same sen...  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. I advise you to avoid flossing between your teeth if it is causing psychological satisfaction or making you feel violent. While flossing is generally good for oral hygiene, if it triggers such emotions, it may indicate a psychological aspect at...  Read Full »

Can I use one year old dental floss for cleaning my teeth?

Query: Hi, I went to a dentist one year back for scaling, and I was suggested to use dental floss. So I tried using it for a week and then discontinued it. Now I have tooth sensitivity (whole mouth and all teeth) while eating icecreams and hot drinks, so I think of using dental floss regularly as suggested...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Old dental floss can be used, but it depends on the embrasures or contacts between your teeth. I request you share a clinical picture of either front or back teeth. Dental floss does not cause any sensitivity unless some overzealous work...  Read Full »

I am highly conscious of my oral health. So please guide me on how to use flossing properly.

Query: Hi doctor, I am new to flossing. Can you brief me on how to use it, frequency, method, best brand, etc.? I already brush twice daily and rinse my mouth after that with a mouth rinse. But already afraid to floss, fearing it would cut my gums if I did not use it the right way. The doctor guided me on ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Upon review, these were the findings- a) Dental floss use. b) Mouthrinse use. Elaborately these are to be done for-. a) Dental floss is used to clean interdental areas below the contact point and gingival papilla. b) Mouthrinse should not be used continuously for more tha...  Read Full »

My dentist recommended flossing for my bleeding gums. Should I do it?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dental clinic to clean my tooth as I had plaque and bleeding gums. After the treatment, the doctor prescribed me a mouthwash and dental floss. I would like to know if flossing is absolutely necessary every day. Do all the people in the world use dental floss? What are the...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi M

Answer: Hello,Welcome to scaling procedure usually ends with oral hygiene instructions, including proper ways of brushing using an interdental brush, flossing, and using a mouthwash. It is not compulsory to use dental floss, but it is necessary in case of crowded teeth because the food parti...  Read Full »

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