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Aggressive Flossing Can Damage Gums

While flossing is of great benefit to teeth and gums, there is a danger of overdoing it. Flossing is intended to gently remove plaque from areas of the teeth that are inaccessible to a brush.

However, using excessive force can damage the gums and the teeth. Aggressive flossing can lead to:

– Bleeding and sore gums

– Gum recession

– Exposed tooth roots

Your dentist can advise on how to floss correctly as flossing too vigorously, or too often, can even “wear away tooth enamel over time” and you can read a detailed article on the dangers of aggressive flossing at


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.