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

Can refraining from flossing which is associated with psychological satisfaction have a positive impact?


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Answered by

Dr. Purva Jingar

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At August 23, 2023
Reviewed AtAugust 23, 2023

Patient's 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 sensation or bleeding when I floss between my other teeth or apply pressure. I am wondering if this could be a sign of tooth decay occurring internally between those specific teeth. Previously, I had developed a cavity due to a seed getting stuck between one of my top right teeth. I had a filling done with cement to address the issue. What I find puzzling is that when I recently flossed between the surrounding teeth, nothing seemed to be stuck. Nonetheless, I still felt the need to rub the gum between those particular teeth, and it provided a relaxing sensation. However, it resulted in bleeding. What could this be?

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Purva Jingar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I 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 play. Your brain may have developed a habit and desires for this action. To address the issue of bleeding, I recommend refraining from flossing for a few weeks, perhaps one or two, and then gradually reintroducing it without applying pressure. Putting excessive pressure can damage your gums and lead to bleeding. In the meantime, you can take antibiotics for relief and consider visiting a dentist for further consultation if the urge to floss persists. Additionally, incorporating fibrous foods into your diet can help prevent food particles from getting stuck between your teeth.

I hope your queries are resolved and any further queries are welcome.

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

Dr. Purva Jingar
Dr. Purva Jingar


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