If you’re experiencing pain as you attempt to care for your oral health, something isn’t right. So, if you find yourself asking the question, “Should it hurt when I…” it’s time to come in for a visit with us or to change up your habits. While you might be thinking to yourself that you’ve never noticed any irritation or otherwise, we encourage you to go through some common instances in which patients discover that their discomfort is a warning sign.
When You Brush
Does it hurt when you brush your teeth? It shouldn’t. Start by checking that you’re using a toothbrush with soft bristles and that you’re using only very light pressure. If you’re already doing this or if making a change is not helpful, come in for an oral health visit!
When You Floss
If it hurts when you floss (especially if your gums bleed, too), you might be dealing with one of two things: You might be flossing way too hard, so we encourage you to use a lot less pressure. Or, you may be dealing with gingivitis or a more advanced form of gum disease. Schedule time to come in if this describes your current experience.
When You Chew
If your smile hurts when you chew, you are likely dealing with an oral health problem that will require restorative care. However, we always like to remind patients that issues like irritation and sinus pressure can come into play, so receiving an exam is always the best method of finding out what’s happening.