Dental Floss, Toothpicks, and Water Picks

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You probably know that there are a few things you should do every day if you’re interested in preserving a healthy, attractive smile. Flossing, which may be overlooked more frequently than brushing is, is important because food caught between your teeth can lead to decay. But, as you know, there are a few options available for removing food between your teeth—but do you know what the benefits of each are?

For example, you may consider using a toothpick to food from between your teeth after eating. However, if you decide to use a toothpick, please be careful. If you aren’t careful with a toothpick, you could damage your gums or teeth. Furthermore, you could accidentally break your toothpick between your teeth, making it difficult to remove.

A water pick is another option you may consider, especially if you have very sensitive teeth. Fortunately, a water pick is typically gentler than floss but typically won’t cause your gums to bleed. If you have gum disease, you may want to use a water pick instead. While a water pick and a toothpick may be useful for removing food between your teeth, please don’t forget the benefits dental floss can offer.

In reality, when it comes to removing food from between your teeth, you have a variety of options available. If you would like to learn more about any of your options, please feel free to give Lifetime Dentistry a call at 563-263-9082. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have. Dr. Holly Krystek and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.