Floss with toothpick after eating is more dangerous than you think

The unexpected risk from the habit of dental flossing with toothpick

Floss with toothpick is the oral cleaning routine of many Vietnamese people after eating. However, it is not true that everyone knows this action can create conditions for bacteria to grow.

In addition, flossing your teeth with the wrong types of toothpicks can cause bleeding of teeth, a gap between teeth and can cause diseases.

According to Richard H. Price, a dental doctor of the American Dental Association, the habit of using toothpicks is the main reason for the widening of the teeth, the rapid bone resorption, and the food will be easily retained there, enabling the bacteria to multiply more and increase the risk of dental diseases such as tooth decay, inflammation of the roots, gingivitis…

The diseases of teeth seem to be simple, but in fact they are the reasons that make you face against many heart diseases, blood pressure, as well as the higher risk of cancer than normal…

The best way to eliminate the risk of oral health problems is to give up the habit of flossing with toothpick. Instead, you can use dental floss to clean your teeth.The advantage of dental floss is to clean the interstitial teeth thoroughly. Moreover, dental floss is designed with soft fibers so there is no possibility to cause lesions to the teeth, or such possibility is very rare.

The best way to remove the risks to oral health is to give up the habit of flossing with toothpick.

The best way to take care of your teeth

In case you can’t quit the habit of flossing with toothpick, you can do the following way:

When you finish your meal in a crowded place, you can use toothpicks to lighten the food sticking to the teeth, absolutely do not push the toothpick deep into the interstitial teeth and hurt your gum. You should use toothpicks with sterile packaging.

It is recommended to use dental floss to remove food in interstitial teeth at least 1 time a day before going to bed.

For those who have the protruding teeth which are easy to pinch food, you should bring a dental floss roll with you and use it every time you finish your meal, to avoid the feeling of tightness and discomfort due to being stuffed with food in your teeth.

You are advised to brush your teeth for about 60 minutes after eating. Because after eating, acid in food and drink will make the enamel layer soft, if you brush your teeth right now, your dental enamel is very vulnerable.

You should brush your teeth at least 2 times (and no more than 3 times) in one day. In particular, brushing your teeth in the evening before going to bed is very important because a long time afterwards (6-9 hours), you do not drink water and bacteria can easily destroy your teeth.

Brushing your teeth early in the morning is equally important as this will help you “clean up” what the bacteria has produced in one night. Scientists say you should brush your teeth for about an hour after breakfast (not before breakfast).

After using dental floss and brushing your teeth, you should rinse your mouth with a specialized mouthwash to prevent cavities and gingivitis. You can rinse your mouth very often after eating or drinking any drink, especially in cases where you cannot brush your teeth immediately or floss your teeth, it is necessary to rinse your mouth.

The last thing is that you should pay attention to your teeth regularly to detect unexpected problems in your teeth in time. This will help reduce pain, reduce costs and shorten treatment time if your teeth are decayed or suspected to have any problems.