Why Are Toothpicks A Danger for Your Oral Health
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Risks Of Using Toothpicks
Sadly, it is true that toothpicks can cause serious harm to your gums and teeth. Here are some examples that support evidence for the presented clause.
- If used frequently, toothpicks can add extra pressure that can cause the teeth to shift creating a space that should not be there otherwise.
- Most toothpick users tend to chew it as a pastime during or after it has done the job. This can cause premature wear and tear on the tooth enamel.
- While they pose a serious risk to the teeth, it can also lead to gum recession, exposing the fragile tooth roots beneath. This can cause teeth sensitivity and other serious oral health problems.
- They can also damage existing dental restorations like crowns, veneers and filling causing them to dislodge or fall off.
- You are at a greater risk of puncturing your gum tissue, palate or tongue with the sharp ends of toothpick – increasing your chances to develop an infection. In rare cases, they have been recorded to stab the roof of your mouth.
- Toothpicks tend to break which makes it possible for pieces to get stuck in your teeth ad gums causing unanticipated damage.
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Alternatives to Using Toothpick
While we strongly believe that toothpicks are not only unsanitary but can pose serious damage to your oral health if used frequently. They can put undue pressure on our teeth or dental prosthetics (if any), putting us at a greater risk of developing an infection. Here are some alternatives to using toothpicks to get rid of unwanted food particles after a meal.
Dental floss – Floss picks are small plastic devices that hold a small piece of dental floss. They are not only a safer option but are more hygienic and reach for areas that are difficult to reach otherwise. They pose no risk of injuring your gums or teeth.
Interdental Brush – Unlike traditional toothbrushes, interdental brushes are designed to clean the teeth from within. They are portable meaning you can choose to carry from the sizes available.
Water Flosser – They use water pressure to remove stuck food particles and build-up from your teeth and between. They are particularly helpful for people with braces that make it difficult to use regular floss.
Chewing Gum – Chewing gum after a meal can also help remove food particles, stimulate saliva production, and neutralize the mouth preventing tooth decay.