Question: Is it OK to use just a toothpick to clean between teeth?

The short answer is No!

Dental floss or toothpick - which is better?The toothpick is a commonly used tool to help dislodge food from between your teeth. Toothpicks are handy, convenient and readily available. And while they are helpful in dislodging food from your teeth, toothpicks are not designed for dental cleaning and should not be substituted for flossing or brushing.

Flossing is the preferred method for removing food and plaque from between your teeth. Any plaque that forms and accumulates on teeth, which is not removed, will eventually cause cavities. The only trusted and proven way to eliminate plaque is by brushing and flossing your teeth.

Use Toothpicks Sparingly

Toothpicks can be used sparingly, but don’t rely upon them as your only tool in dental health. They do not remove plaque and if you’re not careful, you can actually damage your gums through improper use.

To maintain your healthy smile, make flossing a part of your daily routine. Flossing after meals is a great habit to develop and is crucial to preventing tooth decay and gum disease. In general, flossing is less likely to injure your gums than pointy toothpicks. Use a gentle sliding motion to guide the floss between your teeth and be sure to wrap the floss around the sides of each tooth.

Have Questions about Floss or Toothpicks?

If you have questions about whether to use floss or toothpicks, call the office David K. Buran Dentistry today. We are a family dentist office that has been serving Cobb County, and now Acworth, for 25 years! Call today to schedule your appointment!

David K. Buran, DMD – (770) 943-0701