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Are toothpicks ever recommended by dentists?

Q: Are toothpicks ever recommended by dentists? A: Stimudent wooden picks should only be used when recommended by a dentist. They are for patients who have or have had gum disease. They are used to massage the gums to reduce inflammation. Their use should be monitored and updated by the dentist. . . . Read more

Can toothpicks damage my gums?

Q: Can toothpicks damage my gums? A: Toothpicks used aggressively will damage the gums even more quickly than the root surface. The gums may recede at the papilla area (the triangle of gum tissue between the teeth) leaving behind a black void which is unattractive. It is especially unpleasant if gaps . . . Read more

Can toothpicks damage your teeth?

Q: Can toothpicks damage your teeth? A: Jamming any sharp object into your gums has the potential to do damage. I have seen patient’s teeth notched at the roots from aggressive tooth picking. Believe it or not, even improper flossing can result in notching. If something as soft and flexible as . . . Read more

My husband uses toothpicks all the time. Is this bad for his teeth?

Q: My husband uses toothpicks all the time. Is this bad for his teeth? A: There are several different types of toothpicks available: The old-fashioned, rounded wooden toothpicks available at your corner restaurant Thin plastic rotadent toothpicks from your dentist Wedge-shaped stimudent toothpicks available at your drugstore The rounded toothpicks are the most likely . . . Read more