I have swelling around my mobile teeth, and it bleeds while flossing. Will I lose my tooth?

Q. Will I lose my tooth if I floss around a mobile tooth?

Answered by
Dr. Geethanjali. S. S
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 18, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am scared the tooth may be loose and will come out. There is swelling around one of my teeth, and if I floss around it, it bleeds a little. It hurts when I floss or brush my teeth, and I think it can be loose.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

1. A swelling associated with a tooth could be of mainly two reasons.

2. One is a decayed tooth leading to an infection and, secondly, a gum problem with infection.

3. With only considering your age, I am unable to guess what reason you have got the swelling.

4. At least a photograph of the involved area would be useful for me to arrive at a correct diagnosis.

5. I request you to send me a picture attached with the query for a much more detailed answer.

6. Flossing is a very good habit of continuing. So please continue flossing in between your teeth.


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