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You probably know that there are a few things you should do every day if you’re interested in preserving a healthy, attractive smile. Flossing, which may be overlooked more frequently than brushing is, is important because food caught between your teeth can lead to decay. But, as you know, there are a few options available for removing food between your teeth—but do you know what the benefits of each are?

For example, you may consider using a toothpick to food from between your teeth after eating. However, if you decide to use a toothpick, please be careful. If you aren’t careful with a toothpick, you could damage your gums or teeth. Furthermore, you could accidentally break your toothpick between your teeth, making it difficult to remove.

A water pick is another option you may consider, especially if you have very sensitive teeth. Fortunately, a water pick is typically gentler than floss but typically won’t cause your gums to bleed. If you have gum disease, you may want to use a water pick instead. While a water pick and a toothpick may be useful for removing food between your teeth, please don’t forget the benefits dental floss can offer.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of any of these tools, please don’t hesitate to give John S. Grisham, DDS a call at 603-444-2100. Dr. John S. Grisham and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. We are excited to hear from you soon.