Should My Dental Hygiene Hurt?

If you’ve begun wondering if dental hygiene should hurt, the answer is always no. As for why you’re experiencing some amount of pain, a variety of factors may be involved. You might be using the wrong product. You may be taking the wrong approach to your smile care. Or, something may require our attention (a cavity, for example). We are happy to offer some introductory information regarding what might be going wrong with your brushing and flossing sessions. Of course, we also think it would be to your advantage to schedule a checkup!

If Brushing Hurts…

If your brushing hurts, then something is wrong. It could be that your dental hygiene is not its best. Here’s what you might need to change: You should check that the brush you’re using is made with soft bristles, you should make sure you’re brushing very gently, and you should ensure you’re not brushing for more than two minutes at a time. You should, of course, also come see us.

If Flossing Hurts…

Flossing might hurt during dental hygiene if you’re snapping it between your teeth instead of sliding it in gently or if you’re being too forceful. Change to gentle care. Of course, you should also see us to ensure you’re not dealing with gingivitis.

If Your Smile Is Already Uncomfortable…

Perhaps you are already dealing with uncomfortable gums or pained teeth before you even reach for your dental hygiene products. If this is the case, we need to see you as soon as you can come in. Discomfort that persists is generally a sign of an issue requiring treatment. By coming in quickly, we can stop whatever is happening (perhaps it is decay, gingivitis, etc.), so your smile feels good again and you don’t face more complicated problems in the future.

See Us Soon For Dental Hygiene Advice

If your smile hurts when you brush it or floss it, we encourage you to come in for a checkup. We can ensure your smile is healthy and offer any advice you may require for improved dental hygiene. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.