Why Aggressive Flossing Can Hurt Your Teeth and Gums

Flossing can clean your teeth of plaque from places a toothbrush can not reach. It forms part of a good oral health routine, but care should be taken to floss gently.

Key takeaways:

– Being too aggressive when flossing can harm your teeth and gums.

– Your dentist can advise on the best method to floss as part of your routine check-up.

– Flossing once per day is ample, as flossing numerous times a day increases the chance of hurting teeth and gums.

“Allowing floss to get underneath your gumline, especially if it’s in a harsh manner, actually injures your gums. It can cause your gums to bleed in the short term and even worse, can cause them to recede and accelerate gum disease in the long term.”

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Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.

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