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Are Toothpicks Bad for Your Gums?

Whether it’s some leftover spinach from your salad at lunch or a poppy seed from your bagel at breakfast, food will inevitably get stuck in your teeth. The frequency that this occurs and how you get that food out matters. While it may be easy to grab a toothpick, think twice before using it regularly as a way to remove pesky leftover food in your teeth. But are toothpicks bad for your gums?

Frequency of Food Getting Stuck in Your Teeth

If food gets stuck in your teeth every once in a while, there’s likely no cause for concern. However, if you are getting food stuck in your teeth on a daily basis, you may need to talk to a dentist. There are a number of reasons you could be dealing with food getting stuck between your teeth. If you have a filling that has broken down or was improperly shaped, food may be susceptible to getting stuck in it. Teeth can also move around and create spaces that weren’t there before. In these cases, you should contact a dental professional as they can help remedy the issue or provide you with the options for how to properly remove the food.

Is it Okay to Use a Toothpick? Or Are They Bad for Your Gums?

The answer is that it’s not your best option and should be avoided if possible. Dental professionals say that if you have nothing else to use and something is stuck in your teeth, using a toothpick very carefully is okay. It’s not ideal and continued use is not suggested. There are multiple reasons why dentists don’t want you using a toothpick to clean your teeth or dislodge some leftover food. Below you will find why it is not advised to use toothpicks.

Breakage: A toothpick is a small piece of wood. With that, it could easily break and get lodged into your gums. The larger problems a toothpick could create is reason enough to opt for another method.

Infection: Most of the time people will pick up a toothpick at the end of a meal out of a community toothpick holder. With everyone’s dirty hands grabbing out of the same container, there is a risk of infection. It could be even worse if you have an open sore or wound in your mouth.

Alternatives to Toothpicks

The best way to remove food from your teeth is with dental floss. Flossing has major benefits for your oral health (and overall health) that it makes sense to use it. It can also hit many of the hard to reach places in your mouth without risking damaging your gums or infection. In addition to dental floss, a healthy oral care routine can keep your mouth clean and free from plaque and other harmful bacteria. It’s important to floss at least once a day, brush at least twice a day, use mouthwash, and attend your regular dental checkups at least every six months. Using a soft bristled brush can help keep your teeth and gums healthy without putting any harmful pressure on them. For those who are unable to floss due to arthritis or any issues with their hands, pre-threaded floss holders can help with this. In addition, flossing properly is important. Between each tooth you will want to create a “C” motion around your tooth to get everything from top to bottom.

Dentists in Hollywood

Glo Modern Dentistryis the number one rated cosmetic dentist office in Hollywood. Dr. Rhonda Kalashois one of the most trusted and highly reputable dentists in the area. She has been trained at one of the nation’s top universities, UCLA. If you need a cleaning or have any dental questions, contact Dr. Rhonda Kalasho and her team at Glo Modern Dentistry today!

katy ables
katy ables
1718990956
A lovely office with incredible staff. Always comfortable here!Update: Nora is the best hygienist on earth and she’ll take care of you without making you feel guilty about your coffee stained teeth.Parking garages available off Sycamore
David Feliciano
David Feliciano
1718892127
I love coming to see Dr. Kalasho. She is always very attentive and makes sure that all my questions are answered. She takes such good care of my oral health and now my wife’s. She has been the best dentist I’ve ever had and I love that I haven’t gone to another provider since I moved to LA.I still love coming to my dentist for my cleanings. I enjoy the staff as well as tje doctors.
Peyton Hester
Peyton Hester
1718837937
Always great. Sophia was friendly, informative and thorough.
Steve Antenucci
Steve Antenucci
1718829303
Nora is the best hygienist always has my teeth pearly when I leave. Clean offices and friendly staff
Mayis Meg
Mayis Meg
1718688531
Great office location and staff, Dr. Kalasho is very nice and explains everything. Nora the hygienist is very knowledgeable and went over great oral hygiene instructions.! Highly recommend.Update: got some restoration work done, felt nothing, everyone was very nice and helpful. Thank you for my hygienist Nora for amazing cleaning using their newest technology (the hydro jet).
Rachel C
Rachel C
1718662616
I recently had a fantastic experience at Tru Glo Modern Dental. The check in process was easy and my hygienist Sophia was very friendly and informative. She did a great job cleaning my teeth and whitening them before my wedding!I highly recommend Tru Modern dental to anyone in need of dental care. They truly prioritize patient comfort and provide top-notch service.
Matt Kern
Matt Kern
1718631594
Can definitely say I love coming to the dentist. I have met Dr. Yalda and Dr. Khamis and they truly know how to make everyone feel so comfortable being on the chair. Thank you for everything :)
Ellie LaFever
Ellie LaFever
1718388165
The only place I trust with my teeth. It feels so good to not be nervous to go to the dentist. The cream always rises to the top — that’s Dr Rhonda and her amazing team.
Leonel Monterrosas
Leonel Monterrosas
1718321449
Went to Glo modern dental for wisdom teeth consultation. The appointment went well, front office were very friendly and helped me because I don’t have dental insurance but they have an amazing dental membership plans where it helped me save a lot of money and provides free dental cleanings. Dr. Yalda and Sam the assistant were very helpful and knowledgeable about myCase. Felt nothing during the procedure and they were Nice enough to follow up on me the second morning and Make sure I took my medication. I can’t recommend this place enough and I can’t wait to go back and get the rest of my work done.
Sarah Santos
Sarah Santos
1718135461
I was having some dental pain and I hate the dentist-- I came here and they were able to fix my problem the same day, and didn't make me feel awful for the condition of my teeth and not going to the dentist for so long! Dr. Yalda and Andrae gave me really great information and a ton of laughs in the process-- I will be going back soon for my Invisalign (Sandy and Diamond made sure I can maximize my insurance for this!)
Bryan Chicas
Bryan Chicas
1718131319
I want to give a shoutout to Andrae Jackson! He is a professional at what he does for work. He’s very welcoming and strong hearted person & driven.
Gisselle De La Torre
Gisselle De La Torre
1718125677
this place is fantastic! not only do they brighten your smile, but your day as well! love when i get to see andrae
Arman Mitchell
Arman Mitchell
1718124412
Alexandra Boyd
Alexandra Boyd
1718049984
Update: still my fav office , just got my fillings and cleaning done, Nora my hygienist is the best and the front office were able to work with my insurance. 🤗TruGlo modern dental has been the best dental office! I’ve been coming here for years now and have always had a great experience !All the hygienists and doctors are super lovely and professional, and go out of their way to make sure you understand what’s going on with your X-rays, procedures and any options available to you!
Pearidot
Pearidot
1718037912
Had an awesome cleaning with Amani. She was so gentle and sweet. Everyone in the office is so kind and welcoming.
Michelle Garcia
Michelle Garcia
1718036750
Amazing service. Loved how much they care about you! Thank you Brittany, Misha, and all the administrators there too. Doctor Yalda was the best dentist!Update: I had my wisdom teeth extracted. I was super nervous beforehand but they took care of me and had to say it was the best experience I’ve had at any dental office. 🎉
Stephany Meneses
Stephany Meneses
1717715478
I recently had my first experience at this office, and it was truly exceptional. From the moment I walked in, everyone was incredibly welcoming and attentive. They were sympathetic to my long, overdue cleaning and make sure I felt comfortable and not judged at all.I had the pleasure of meeting Dr.Khamis who was both knowledgeable and informative. She took the time to be thorough with my treatment, Explaining everything clearly. I felt reassured and confident in her care.Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I am looking forward to being a longtime patient of this office. Thank you all for your kindness and professionalism. Shout out to Stephanie and Sophia they were wonderful.
Sierra Moore
Sierra Moore
1717456012
Been coming here since I moved to LA in 2015 - Best service and views! :)Update- just had the best Invisalign experience with them! Also Nora is the best :)
Manuel Lerma
Manuel Lerma
1717217265
Such an amazing office! Best dental office experience EVER!
WB Kulture
WB Kulture
1717179205
I never thought I would say this but I genuinely love coming to the dentist now, and it’s all thanks to the entire dental family at TruGLO! Everyone is always so warm and welcoming - truly makes me feel at home. And I love that I get to catch up on my Netflix stuff while I’m getting my teeth cleaned and whitened! Gotta have this smile summer ready! Thank you TRUGLO!You NEEEEEED to come here - thank me later!
Jesslyn Mitchell
Jesslyn Mitchell
1717010958
I love Tru Glo. I began coming here in 2019 and whenever a friend is looking for a dentist I tell them they must try this office. My hygienist Nora is incredibly detail oriented and always explains why and how each action will affect my dental health. Plus it helps that the office is gorgeous.
Amanda Sim
Amanda Sim
1717003828
My first visit but they have been very thorough…even took 2 hours on my first visit checking everything possible. Staff is super friendly too 😊
Karoline Jimenez
Karoline Jimenez
1716913434
Best dentist!! I highly recommend coming here they are always so professional
Samuel Bassey
Samuel Bassey
1716501216
Been going to TruGlo for about 4 years and the staff and service is incredible! Highly recommend if you live in the Beverly Hills or Hollywood
Julian Zlob
Julian Zlob
1716403778
BAILEY ARAIZA
BAILEY ARAIZA
1716314248
Amazing service + super friendly! Made me feel so comfortable during my visit :)
sandra gaviria
sandra gaviria
1716228636
They are the best here! Always feel like I’m in good care. Nora and Mischa are the best!!! 🫶
David Rogers
David Rogers
1716220574
Sofia did a great job today. I got a teeth cleaning and she cleaned my night guard for me. I’ve been coming here for over 4 years. Love the people here.😁
G D
G D
1715357587
Great experience! Very personal and comfortable environment I would recommend to friends and family
Lindsay Mckay
Lindsay Mckay
1715110975
Absolutely thrilled with the exceptional teeth whitening service I received at TruGlo Modern Dental in Beverly Hills, courtesy of the talented Andrae! His professionalism and expertise truly shone through, leaving me with a dazzling, radiant smile. Andrae’s attention to detail and personalized care exceeded all expectations. Highly recommend this top-notch service for anyone seeking a brighter, more confident smile!
C L
C L
1715108925
Great customer service. Dre is the man!
Rachel Dahlenburg
Rachel Dahlenburg
1714759420
I love the staff here! Everyone is so kind and knowledgeable, and they do everything they can to make sure my teeth are always in tip top shape. I’ve never been to a better dentist!
Sean Frank
Sean Frank
1714687063
I do not enjoy the dentist, but this dentist is good and kind
yuejiao song
yuejiao song
1714589304
My teeth always feels clean and healthy.. thank you for the doctors and my super stat hygienist Nora for always taking good care of me !!!
Daniel Kaufman
Daniel Kaufman
1714583448
Very professional office with a friendly and skilled staff.
Elizabeth D’Antonio
Elizabeth D’Antonio
1714531575
Exceptional dental care! From the moment I walked in, I was greeted with warmth and professionalism. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and made me feel at ease throughout my entire visit. Everyone was so sweet and helped the process go a lot faster than other offices. Dr. Kalasho was attentive, thorough, and took the time to address all of my concerns. The office is immaculate, and I appreciated the attention to detail. I left feeling confident in my dental health and grateful to have found such a fantastic practice. Highly recommend this dental office to anyone seeking top-notch care!
Yami Desu
Yami Desu
1714492319
Love coming to get my teeth cleaned with Amani. Enjoy the entertainment and attention to detail with my examination. I learn something new every time I come in.
Efrain Arce
Efrain Arce
1714491511
This was the best experience I’ve had at any Dentist visit. Was a first time customer, now, this will be my permanent Dentist. Dr. Yalda & Andrae 10/10 best in the game! Painless & easy! (Went in for a Root Canal & Extraction, felt nothing)
Daniel Inoa
Daniel Inoa
1713912688
Tayne Yoon
Tayne Yoon
1713912183
Clean and SO nice. Was very worried about my teeth extraction but they made it as comfortable as possible
Sadie Friedman
Sadie Friedman
1713892367
The best dental experience I’ve ever had! So professional, friendly, and diligent in their work. Couldn’t recommend more!
Paulyn Baens
Paulyn Baens
1713888012
Been coming here for years and Glo Modern has transformed my mouth health. Whether it was for a cleaning, check up, or through my Invisalign journey, Glo Modern'a team was helpful and caring throughout.Love seeing my girl, Nora, every few months! She keeps my smile looking great always!Updates 4/2024 —All is well as always!! Love Nora and the front desk staff. They always take care of me and give me a thorough cleaning each time.
Nadia Harebin
Nadia Harebin
1713476957
I’ve been a patient at both the Hollywood and Beverly Hills locations, and I have nothing but amazing things to say about both. Scheduling is so easy, there’s always parking available in surrounding areas, and everyone is so kind and patient. As a person whose had my fair share of fillings and crowns, I’ve always felt comfortable here. 10/10 recommend!
Josh Gilchrist
Josh Gilchrist
1713372682
This is by far the best dental experience I have ever had. The staff idle friendly and inviting and always puts a smile on my face. They give you a smile while making it beautiful. 10/10 recommend :)
Lisa Street
Lisa Street
1713303124
All the staff are so friendly. Everyone made me feel comfortable during my visit. I was given clear explanations throughout. Excellent service would highly recommend.
MAXAMILLION POLO
MAXAMILLION POLO
1713285617
As most sane people, I’ve never been the biggest fan of the dentist. After waiting far too long to make an appointment, I stumbled upon this dentist’s office and I’ve never looked back. The service here has been exceptional, the staff has been super kind, and they’ve explained every little thing to me in detail. Could not recommend more. Definitely give this place a try for all your dental needs.Update:Have been going here for a little over a year now, and it’s still by far my favorite dentist I’ve ever been to. 10/10, highly reccomend
Jose Padilla
Jose Padilla
1712859720
As a person that tries to avoid the dentist, Andre and Dr. Khamis made it so comfortable and easy. Explained everything thoroughly and made me feel like I was at home. The entire staff is wonderful, beautiful office. Will recommend to all my friends.
Hannah M.J.
Hannah M.J.
1712101883
Such welcoming and warm staff, amazing service options, and beautiful office!
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