HomeAnswersDentistryflossingI 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?

Can bleeding and injury caused by flossing result in canker sore?


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Published At September 6, 2023
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Patient's 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?

Answered by Dr. Ummah Mohammad


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 dull yellowish, or white in color. The only concern is if that whitish area is painful or normal. So your gums are just recovering or say healing on their own. Do not disturb them, our body tissues are much more capable and try to do their best on their own. Just wait and watch and maintain oral hygiene, brush regularly, and do proper mouth rinses and finger massages. If required you can also do warm water and salt mouth rinse, it will also help you.

I hope this helps you.

Thank you for consulting me.

You can always come back and reach me at icliniq.com.

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

Dr. Ummah Mohammad
Dr. Ummah Mohammad


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