July 17, 2023

How to Heal Cut Gums From Flossing

Flossing can be a tricky thing. It requires a steady hand and careful placement of the floss between teeth. Forcing the floss up and down or twisting it can cause gum tissue to become irritated or even cut. Injuries to the gums can also be caused by a number of other things. Sharp non-food objects like chips, pencils and toothpicks can cut the gum tissue. Teeth grinding, a common dental problem, can put excessive pressure on teeth and gums, weakening them and making them more susceptible to injury.

Gums are soft tissue, and therefore, they bleed easily. It may seem that a gum cut is bleeding profusely, but this is often just blood mixing with saliva. It is important to rinse the mouth out with diluted salt water or antiseptic mouthwash to clean and sanitize the wound. It is also a good idea to apply pressure to the wound site with a cold compress. By wrapping ice in a washcloth or similar item, it will restrict blood circulation, decrease swelling and pain, and help stop bleeding.

Generally, minor cuts on the gums heal quickly. However, significant cuts that won’t stop bleeding may require medical attention from a dentist or physician. Keeping the mouth clean, eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals, and attending regular dental checkups will all help promote faster healing of cuts on the gums. Also, avoid smoking and drinking acidic or sugary drinks, as these can further slow down the healing process.


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