Many people like to use their toothpicks to pick their teeth after eating, is it good for doing that? Food residues trapped in the interdental space can irritate the gums, and if the impaction is prolonged, it can also cause periodontal tissue inflammation. Picking your teeth with a toothpick can prevent food debris from damaging your teeth. However, when using a toothpick, you must also pay attention to its correct use to avoid using the toothpick to damage the teeth.
Are there any adverse effects of using a toothpick?
The toothpick is a commonly used oral cleaning tool. If it is not used properly, it can cause gingivitis, gingival atrophy, and increased interdental space, which leads to periodontal disease. Why? Because the toothpicks we use are usually made of wood or bamboo, although the surface of the toothpick is polished, if we look through a magnifying glass, we can still see that the surface of the toothpick has rough protrusions. When using this toothpick to remove food residues, if used improperly, it may cause damage to the gums, causing gum bleeding and inflammation.
Precautions of using toothpicks
- To choose a toothpick with a hard texture, not easy to break, smooth surface, no burrs, and a flat circular or triangular cross-section. It is best to buy a commercially available finished toothpick. Pay attention to cleaning and do not use dirty wooden sticks, wire, pins or match sticks instead. For large scale production of toothpicks, you can choose a whole set of commercial toothpick making machines from the Shuliy group.
- The toothpick is best used when there is a gap between the teeth, enter the periodontal at a 45-degree angle, the tip is facing the biting surface of the tooth, and the side edge contacts the gap of the gum. Then use the side edge of the toothpick to scrape the tooth surface along the tooth surface, especially at the concave root surface and the part where the root is bifurcated, you can use the toothpick tip and the side edge to scrape and polish the tooth surface. If there is food fiber impaction, you can do a cheek-lingual puncture, remove the food, and rinse your mouth.
- If your gums are normal, the toothpick is only used in the gingival sulcus. Do not force the toothpick into the interdental nipple area, because this will form a gap between the teeth that have no gap, and the food will be more easily impacted. If you use a toothpick to pick it, over time, it will become a vicious circle, which will increase the gap between the teeth and shrink the gums and nipples, causing periodontal disease and affecting aesthetics.