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Why you should avoid using toothpick

Hello my dear readers, welcome back again to our humble blog. Recently I was consulted by a patient about suing toothpick to clean between the teeth. Today I will write about the reasons why you should avoid using this tool. The answer can surprise lots of you that use very often toothpicks after every meal or other reasons. Let’s jump right into it so we can learn about this together as always. Keep in mind these are recommendation by our team of dentists.


Here in Dental del Rio want our patient to have the most beautiful smile they deserve. That is why we dedicate effort and time to write these articles. To improve your dental health in and out the dental clinic. Besides, remember we have the best price for dental, but more on that later. For the meantime, lets see why you should avoid using toothpicks to clean between your teeth.


Reasons why you should not use toothpick

Common injuries


The number one reasons I have to point out is that they do more harm than good to patients. Because they are so pointy, they can harm your gums and soft tissue. Also, if you are really rough with it you can even damage your teeth enamel. You are slowly destroying your mouth at this point and you are better using other items to clean between your teeth. I understand if you are away from home and it is the only way to clean between your teeth at that time.


Even so I suggest bringing a traveler’s bag with your dental hygiene items with you. Trust me, I have seen many teeth chipped, gums infection due to the wrong use of a little toothpick. Another reason I can mention is that leaving it in your mouth to long, especially between your teeth can also affect your bite, deforming it. It can cause your teeth to crowd together because of the force used to introduce the toothpick.




Speaking of which, using toothpicks can create bad hygiene too. This leads to a foul breath over time. If you join this bad habit with others bad habits like smoking and poor dental hygiene, your bad breath will be the worst. Many people ignore that wood tend to rot and can be filled with bacteria. The same goes for plastic, unless you clean it and disinfect before use, you are putting a lot of germs into your mouth.


This can lead to many dental diseases such as dental caries or gum infections such as gingivitis. Besides the wood used to make the toothpicks can contain chemicals that can be bad for our health if you leave it too long in your mouth. Also it can stain your teeth pretty badly, like cigarettes and alcohol can do. As said before using toothpicks is fine, but if you use it every day it will bring many troubles to your dental health.


As you can see, there is little improvement for your dental health using toothpick. The downsides are just too bad that it can ruin your teeth permanently. That is why I always suggest sticking to the basics, simple dental hygiene with brushing, flossing and rinsing. That and going every 6 months to your dentist for regular cleaning and checkups. That way you will have a healthy beautiful smile and avoid many dental diseases, at least the most common ones.


Saving money in dental never was this easy


We just mentioned yearly consultation and dental treatment, many of you may be thinking that is a lot of money. But it is not if you come to Dental del Rio in Los Algodones Mexico. We have the best offers in town, allowing you to save 50% of the cost compared to the States and Canada. That with the best dentists, graduated form the US and overseas. Top quality dental for an affordable price, you can see both price list and our team above.


To schedule an appointment simply use the contact form or the phone number you see above. You can send an SMS or call us at business hours. Out team of patient coordinators will help you every step of the process and assist you in every way. They can help you find nearby hotels and transportation needed, these services are totally free, even the consultation and evaluation. You will pay only for the dental treatment received.


Besides, this time of the year is excellent to visit Los Algodones. Because it is winter here, the temperature and the weather are cool and refreshing. You can take a nice vacation with your family and take the change to get dental at the same time. Hope to see you soon here! You can also leave a comment below with your questions, I will try my best to answer them.



Toothpick’s replacements

To clean between your teeth there a lot of items better than a toothpick for the job. The most common and effective is dental floss. This thread is harmless for your teeth and gums if used correctly. Remember that you only need a couple of inches and that you have to be gentle. You can find many on the market that also comes with flavor that improve your breath. I love minty and cinnamon flavors, personally they smell the best.


There are other flossing items that also do the job as fine as the regular dental floss. One tool I love using recently is the interdental toothbrush. It is a little tooth brush that fits perfectly between your teeth. Is very comfortable and useful if you have brackets, making it easy to reach those areas where a regular toothbrush can’t go. As a final suggestion, remember using these tools gently and always consult with your dentist if you have any doubt.


That is it for today, hope this topic helped you to level up your dental hygiene. Remember we upload a new entry every week, so it will be nice to see you in the next one. Until then, take care and stay healthy, cheers!

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