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Is it just me or is it difficult to floss patients?

Is it just me or is it difficult to floss patients? Some contacts are tight, I feel like I’m killing them with all that pressure and then the thread snaps into their gingiva, yikes! Should I use a different type of floss, not waxed? Is there a technique to it that makes it gentler when flossing someone else?



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It is harder to floss some patients then others due to tight contacts. However, you must remember that tight contacts are a healthy thing because they keep food from impacting into the gingiva. I was worried that I was hurting patients during hygiene school, so being a student, my instructors told me to ask the patient if I hurt them when I though I did. I don’t recall ever being told I hurt anyone. My point is, ask the patient if you hurt them. If they say yes, simply apologize and explain what I said about tight contacts being healthy, but hard to floss sometimes. I do think you need to change the type of floss you are using if you are having such a hard time. Try many different kinds out to find the type that works best for you; much like we would tell a patient. Personally, I don’t care for waxed floss at all. If you are using the correct flossing technique that we teach patients, there really isn’t much I can suggest changing regarding technique unfortunately.

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We use oral b satin and I very rarely have an issue. Try it I think you will agree

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