Man picking his teeth

Do you pick your teeth?

If there’s one habit most people cannot help, it would be the act of teeth picking. Getting food stuck between your teeth can be annoying and embarrassing, but using a toothpick is not the answer.

It’s alarming to see that while some people pick their teeth to dislodge food stuck between the teeth after eating, other people do it just for the main “Pleasure” of doing it. We’ve seen people with toothpicks hanging out of their mouths ready to pick their teeth for no reason.

It is a normal instinct for you to want to get comfort from any particle, or food remnants stuck in your teeth, but this single act can cause a whole lot of Dental Damage and cause you more pain than you have bargained for.


                               REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T PICK YOUR TEETH

  1. It can cause infections in the Mouth: While you may think that using a toothpick is fine since they are no other options and you need to get relief, we do not recommend their usage because a piece of wood   can break off and get lodged in-between your teeth or the sharp tip could pierce your gum tissue, leaving it open for bacteria and cause infections
  2. You could damage your gums: When you pick your teeth there’s a higher chance for you to puncture your gum and this could cause bleeding, Gingivitis, Painful, wounded, or damaged gums, which could lead to more serious dental complications.
  3. Damaged Tooth Enamel: Whether picking the teeth with a toothpick or any other object, scraping and poking at the teeth can erode the tooth enamel. The tooth enamel protects the teeth. When you use harsh objects to pick your teeth, it can lead to micro-fractures, abrasions, and even wear out a tooth Enamel, which could lead to teeth discoloration and damage.
  4. Abnormal Teeth spacing: Teeth spacing is a condition where the spacing between the teeth develop gaps. The toothpick causes pressure on the teeth moving the teeth into undesirable positions. Food tends to pack in-between the teeth causing even more damage to the gum and the bones surrounding and supporting the teeth and eventual tooth mobility and loss.


The ideal and recommended way to remove food debris and plaque from between the teeth is with the use of Dental Floss. Flossing, alongside routine and thorough brushing of the teeth, is very important and helps to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss, tooth loss, and bad breath.

We all know prevention is better, safer, and more affordable than cure. Prevention saves you more money and helps to keep out the pain that might arise in the future. That is why it is important to take preventive measures when it comes to your teeth and health in general.

At Choice Dental, we are particular about preventing pain that might arise due to Dental complications. We do not want you to be only systemically healthy, we also want to help you keep that smile on your face for a lifetime.

Are you having any teeth concern and you want us to check it out, kindly click on here to talk to us.




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