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Dental Floss vs. Toothpick

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 10:30 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Dental floss or toothpick? Which one do you use or do you use both products? People often wonder which one is best to maintain proper oral hygiene but the answer is pretty simple: both. There’s isn’t a best product, both dental floss and toothpicks should be used on a regular basis.

Toothpicks and dental floss are designed to access and clean areas where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Cleaning between the teeth, under dental work and along the gum line, will remove debris that can cause bacteria and jeopardize the health of your mouth.

Flossing is an essential part of dental care and should be done on a daily basis, usually right before going to bed. Dental floss also comes in a variety of materials, colors, flavors and it must be used gently. You should guide it between your teeth without using too much force or you can cut your gums.

On the other hand, if you have chunks of food stuck in your tooth after eating a meal, using a toothpick is a handy way to remove the particle, and keep your mouth clean and fresh. Toothpicks are generally made of wood or plastic and can be flat or round. Some toothpick products are flavored or fluorinated. Toothpicks also need to be used gently as vigorous use of a toothpick can cause damage to delicate gums, particularly if you have sensitive or receding gums. Toothpicks are normally used on an as-needed basis.

 1 Comment, latest by Brian

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One Response to “Dental Floss vs. Toothpick”

  1. Brian says:

    I use both, for different though similar purposes. :-D

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