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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. And our bone tends to shrink from the site of  the stimulus given by the toothpick. Cleaning between the teeth is very important. But toothpick is never advisable by the dentist because using a toothpick again an again results in shrinking of bone from that areas and creating a larger inter-dental area. It eventually results in bigger inter-dental area than before and more food lodgement. Depending on size and width of the inter-dental space,The Dentist may advice you to use Floss or Small inter-dental brushes that fits the space between teeth.


Toothpick is not considered as an inter-dental cleaner, and it is not recommended for cleaning inter-dental spaces of teeth. Using toothpick is not an ideal way to remove something stuck between your teeth. Use of toothpick can lead to gum disease and other dental problems. Toothpick might scrap or damage your sensitive gum tissues which results in shrinking of gums(GUM RECESSION). Receding of gums is another cause that can lead to creation of space between your teeth. This recession can be as a result of poor brushing methods and having gum disease. If you have a gum boil or are where there is pus when you poke it with a toothpick,do not keep using a toothpick this constant poking can cause heart attack, stroke or other infection of your joints.

Toothpick is not Considered an inter-dental cleaner it is not recommended for cleaning teeth by any Dentist.

Here are Some Methods to clean your Inter-dental areas without using a toothpick.

FLOSS:  Dental floss is the best and most effective way to clean your inter-dental areas. Floss can reach even the closet areas of your teeth and in between your teeth where no brush, toothpick or any method of dental cleaning can reach. Approx. 30% of your teeth surface remains uncleaned after brushing. This 30% constitutes the inter-dental areas where your toothbrush can’t reach. This 30% inter-dental area can only be cleaned by the dental floss. So if you want to clean your teeth 100% always do flossing after brushing.

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Inter-dental brushes comes in different sizes, shapes and forms. They have small bristled heads designed to clean between your teeth.According to the size and width of the inter-dental spaces you can choose different inter-dental brushes that fits into the gaps. Different tooth have different different width and sizes so you need to be very carefully while selecting the right size of your inter-dental brush. Inter-dental brush should move in the gap freely with very gentle pressure. The brush should not be pushed forcefully in between your teeth to clean them.Using larger inter-dental brushes in a small gap damages your gums same as toothpick do.And smaller brush than the inter-dental space will not clean it perfectly. Hence, you can use a little help from your Dentist. He can be the best judge to advice you the perfect size of inter-dental brushes for Different areas of your mouth according to the gap present.

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