Tupelo, MS - Dr. Richard Caron "Your Dental Health" Toothpicks and Flossing

Flossing is a necessary part of taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums. Flossing should be done on a daily basis, usually right before going to bed. During the day, after eating a meal when you have a chunk of food stuck in your tooth, using a toothpick is a handy way to remove the particle, give your tongue a break from digging at it, and also keep your mouth clean and fresh. Toothpicks and dental floss are designed to access and clean areas where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Gentle and careful 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. Don't be careless -- vigorous use of a toothpick can cause damage to delicate gums, particularly if you have sensitive or receding gums. Using a toothpick should never take the place of flossing or brushing your teeth. They are simply an option for removing food particles when you can't brush.