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Are Toothpicks Bad for Your Teeth


Posted on 8/22/2022 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
Are Toothpicks Bad for Your TeethUsing toothpicks has become common practice, especially after meals. They are found everywhere including in hotels, supermarkets, and in our homes. Toothpicks extract food lodged between our teeth so conveniently that it is almost impossible to know that they are bad for our health. Unfortunately, toothpicks may not be as good as they look from the outside. There are ways in which toothpicks can affect your dental health.

Complications Caused Toothpicks


When you use toothpicks recklessly, you suffer from punctured gums, disfigured enamel, and teeth misalignment among others. When you use toothpicks recklessly, you may also remove dental crowns. You should also be careful when using toothpicks since they can lead to tooth-root destruction.

Alternative Methods of Cleaning


There are several alternatives to toothpicks that are way better than toothpicks. Instead of endangering your teeth and gums with toothpicks, you may want to try dental floss and regular brushing. Food particles can be easily and effectively removed without destruction of teeth and gums using dental floss or tape. Plaque, which causes tooth cavities can be removed by flossing. Besides flossing, you could use an interdental brush.

When to Use Toothpicks


You may be wondering what is next in regard to the use of toothpicks. While they have their bad side, toothpicks are a convenient solution in many instances. The answer is that a toothpick should be used when there is no other alternative and be used with a lot of caution. Consistent and continuous use of toothpicks could lead to more problems. Continuous use of toothpicks may lead to serious problems that could necessitate a visit to the dentist. To avoid this, use toothpick alternatives where possible. In case you have to use toothpicks, be careful not to hurt your gums. Puncturing your gums could be the start of infections. We can should you exactly how to use a tooth pick the next time you come visit us!

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