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Is using a toothpick good or bad for my teeth?

RealAge
RealAge
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Using a toothpick is not an ideal way to remove something stuck between your teeth. Toothpicks can cause abrasion and damage to your teeth at the base, where they meet the gums. This can lead to gum disease and other dental problems.

Instead of a toothpick, use dental floss. If you don't have any dental floss available, try using an interdental cleaner. Interdental cleaners, which you can buy at any drugstore, resemble a three-sided toothpick but are designed to fit better into the spaces between your teeth. Another alternative is a tiny brush (proxy brush) that fits between your teeth. Toothpicks, interdental cleaners, and proxy brushes work best for people who have large spaces between their teeth.
American Dental Association
American Dental Association
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The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between the teeth at least once a day using an interdental cleaner such as floss. Because a toothpick is not considered an interdental cleaner, it is not recommended for cleaning teeth.

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