What is a toothpick? An accessory that allows the removal of impacted food between the teeth. You may be surprised to discover that toothpicks were already in use 3,500 years ago, when they were usually made from different animal bones or bronze, and their use was frequent. Therefore, since then, the phenomenon of food that is introduced between the teeth exists and has not changed.
When is toothbrush recommended? When we are away from home and we cannot brush our teeth or floss, and food is trapped between our teeth, it bothers us a lot, and it can irritate the gums. This is better in the worst case, than leaving the leftover food until the evening.
Is toothpick also important in oral hygiene instead of flossing? No no. The toothpick is not part of oral hygiene and should not be seen as a substitute for interdental toothbrushes ,floss or buccal irrigators to clean between the teeth. The toothpick does not have the ability to clean the plaque and there is no possibility of cleaning the surface of the tooth. It causes pressure on the gums that will cause it to retract, resulting in retraction of gums by increasing interdental spaces and produce more food entering from the sides.
What types are? Wood, plastic, toothpicks with a brush
Wooden toothpicks: Simple wooden toothpicks that are purchased at any supermarket are less recommended because they are very sharp and do not fit into the triangular anatomical shape between the teeth and gums. That’s why a few decades ago a dental company produce toothpicks adapted to the anatomical shape and is a triangle.
Advantages: Many years ago, there was nothing else, wooden toothpicks are better than food sticks. Disadvantages: it only serves once. Kitchen toothpicks are the worst., Wooden toothpicks are broken and it is difficult to remove the broken part. And there are a few cases where splinters remain in the gums and cause pain or inflammation, as is the case of a thorn that was put in the finger.
.Plastic toothpicks: Thanks to the industrial development they managed to overcome the disadvantages of wooden toothpicks and began to produce plastic toothpicks, even of triangular shape is the most convenient nowadays. Advance: Does not break, triangular shape adapted to the anatomy of the teeth and gums. Disadvantages: One-time use.
Toothpicks with brushes: Very fine plastic toothpicks on the front have a brush or sponge to better remove food residue. Advantages: Extremely thin that allows to use in all areas, there are soaked with flavor and mint antiseptic Disadvantages: for a single time and are much more expensive
Can I use after any meal? No. If you regularly get stuck between your teeth, you need to visit the dentist, there may be a problem that requires treatment.
How to use the toothpick: must enter from the outside and push the leftover food to the other side, so it often puts pressure on the gums which in the future will cause them to retract, producing large interdental spaces and greater impact of food. In short, only use the toothpicks with brushes and sporadically without unnecessary pressure