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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 floss can wear away the root surface, then you certainly should be careful when using a hard toothpick.


Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years.

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