When we we’re little, most of us have seen someone going around chewing on a toothpick, maybe a family member or just someone random. It was very popular back then and still is today. But chewing on a toothpick can cause serious oral damage and even injuries to your mouth. Us here at Reimels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntersville, North Carolina want to stress how bad chewing on a toothpick can be for your teeth. If you are or have been using a toothpick on your teeth or chewing on it you really need to try and break that habit. In this article we are going to be listing some reasons why you need to stop chewing on a toothpick.
When you chew on toothpicks they can splinter and break apart into a lot of tiny pieces. Those splinters can hurt your gums, cheeks, tongue and also the roof of your mouth. The splinters can get stuck in the soft tissue in your mouth causing you pain and if not removed in a timely manner it could cause infection to build up in your mouth.
When something scares you, you usually inhale a deep breath, and you might have even choked on some of your saliva. Just think of what could have happened if you were chewing on a toothpick at the time you inhaled, the tooth pick would have gone down your throat and cause you to choke on it. To remove the toothpick, you may need to have surgery.
If you have something suck between your teeth you usually reach for a toothpick, but instead of using a toothpick, try grabbing some floss to get the material out. When you use a toothpick to push it in between your teeth you can damage your tooth enamel and knock them out of alignment, so its really important to try and use dental floss to get the stuff out of your teeth. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us, or stop by the office for a visit. Here at Reimels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntersville, North Carolina would love to chat with you.