It seems like a wise decision – remove pieces of food from in between your teeth to keep them healthy. That statement is true. However, the way we choose to remove those particles makes a difference. There is a wrong way and a right way, and we want you to choose the right way.
How a Toothpick Might do More Harm Than Good
More often than not, toothpicks are made of wood, and have sharp, pointy ends. Knowing that, should be enough to keep them away from our mouths. Those pointy ends can damage our gums or cheeks if we accidentally slip or poke a bit too hard. Your gums are made of soft tissue and can cut easily. Not only can a small cut occur, but an infection can follow when there is an opening like that in your gum.
Since toothpicks are made of wood, little pieces of wood can splinter off from the toothpick, without us even realizing it. As you can imagine, those small pieces can get stuck anywhere in your gums or in between the teeth, causing pain and possible infection.
Here is What We Suggest
Okay, so no toothpicks… should you just leave that piece of food stuck in between your teeth? No, please do not. At our office, we recommend brushing if possible, or trying a couple swishes of water around your mouth. Sometimes that is all it takes to remove something from in between your teeth.
Daily flossing, along with brushing after every meal is best when it comes to keeping the spaces in between your teeth clean. At our office, we can also recommend a pick for your teeth that will be a safer option for you, rather than a wooden toothpick.
Your overall oral health is very important to us. Call us today and we can answer all of your questions about keeping your teeth and gums, clean and healthy.