Toothpick is not a good idea to clean your inter-dental tooth areas because our alveolar bone(jaw bones) is unique , very fragile and sensitive. Whenever we try to remove stuck food from our inter-dental areas they hit the gums and bone.
Root Canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth and the infected pulp and cleaning and disinfecting it, then filling and sealing it.
flossing is the best best way to clean your teeth, caps and bridges. flossing in my views is better then brushing and mouthwash but camt replace anyones use.
Bleeding gums may be the initial sign of some serious dental problem or disease. do not ignore this.