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Why You Shouldn't Overuse Toothpicks For Your Teeth

Whether it's some left over spinach from your salad at lunch or a poppy seed from your bagel at breakfast, food will inevitably get stuck in your teeth. The frequency that this occurs and how you get that food out matters. While it may be easy to grab a toothpick, think twice before using it regularly as a way to remove pesky leftover food in your teeth. Teeth can also move around and create spaces

If food gets stuck in your teeth every once in a while, theres likely no cause for concern. However if you are getting food stuck in your teeth on a daily basis, you may need to talk to a dentist. There are a number of reasons you could be dealing with food getting stuck between your teeth. If you have a filling that has broken down or was improperly shaped, food may be susceptible to getting stuck in it. Teeth can also move around and create spaces that weren't there before.

Why You Shouldnt Use Toothpicks Often

Using toothpicks regularly is not your best option and should be avoided if possible. Dental professionals say that if you have nothing else to use and something is stuck in your teeth, using a tooth pick very carefully is okay. It's not ideal and continued use is not suggested. There are multiple reasons why dentists dont want you using a toothpick to clean your teeth or dislodge some leftover food.


A toothpick is a small piece of wood. With that it could easily break and get lodged into your gums.


Most of the time people will pick up a toothpick at the end of every meal out of a community toothpick holder. With everyone's dirty hands grabbing out of the same container, there is a risk of infection. It could be even worse if you have an open sore or wound in your mouth.

The best way to remove food from your teeth is with a dental floss. Flossing has major benefits for your oral health that it makes sense to use it.

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