HEALTH DANGERS OF USING TOOTHPICKS

Toothpicks helps in removing leftovers or hangers from the teeth after chewing, but its actually more dangerous to health than the help it offers. Cleaning the teeth is very important, but how you clean it is very important.

Experts advise the use of dental floss in cleaning your teeth. According to a dentist, Abdulkadir Katagum, who’s the health coordinator, Nigerian Medical Association’s dental unit, Abuja: “A lot of people after eating make use of toothpick to pick in between their teeth. It is not healthy or good for the teeth,” he said.
“We recommend that people should use dental flush which looks like a dental thread. This will go a long way in preventing damage to the spot of your teeth.”
Toothpicks are dangerous because they can cause abrasion and damage to your teeth at the base, where they meet the gums. This can lead to gum disease and other dental problems.
He also advised that frequent consumption of sugary foods can spoil the teeth and advised for measures such as rinsing the mouth after every meal, brushing the teeth twice daily before going to bed and after breakfast.
“Medium textured toothbrush is recommended and it should be stored in an upright position to prevent germs from connecting on the bristle and change your brush every three months,
“Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, this will help to fight tooth decay and keep the gum strong.” He advised.
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