You can spot toothpicks almost everywhere: near the cashier of a restaurant, spearing a burger or sandwich, swimming in a glass of martini wearing an olive or onion, sporting colourful frills at a cocktail party or simply resting in a box of a hundred at the grocery store.
Toothpicks are so readily available, it may be hard to believe that they’re at all bad for you. But in truth, using toothpicks frequently can damage your teeth and gums, as well as lead to possibly swallowing splinters and choking.
There are multiple reasons why dentists don’t recommend toothpicks to clean between your teeth. Here are a few:
The best way to remove food debris from between your teeth is with dental floss. Dental floss is a much better alternative to toothpicks, as it is difficult to break them in a way that can damage your teeth and gums. You can also carry dental floss around, making it readily available for you when you’re eating outside. Learn the proper way to floss your teeth in our previous dental blog.
If you need a dental cleaning or someone to demonstrate how to floss properly, our dental professionals are happy to help! Our team at Dental Image Therapy Centres can recommend which type of floss is perfect for your teeth and suggest other ways you can improve your dental health at home. Give us a call today or visit us at one of our Winnipeg clinics in Garden City Shopping Centre and St. Vital Centre.
Maybe it's time for your and your family's regular checkup and cleaning, you have a toothache or you need to get your treatment plan going - whatever the reason, we're here to help you get your confident smile. Whether you're a new patient or a returning friend, we can't wait to see you at your next appointment at either of our Winnipeg clinics!Book Now