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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.

People with sensitive gums can go with a different options called water picks. Generally, a water pick is much gentler than the average floss. Furthermore, water picks help remove bad bacteria, reducing the risk of bleeding in the gums. Also if you have gum disease, your dentist may prescribe a water pick because it can help with active gum disease cases.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of any of these tools, please don’t hesitate to give Quincy Center Dental Associates a call at 617-934-4914. Dr. Nathaniel Chan and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. We are excited to hear from you soon.