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Toothpicks: a Pointed Problem

What's long, slender, hard, sharp, indigestible and potentially hazardous? That common and seemingly harmless sliver of wood called a toothpick. Reports in the Journal of the American Medical Association point to toothpicks as causing thousands of injuries a year, mostly to young children. Youngsters aged five to 14 were most likely to be injured by toothpicks, and children under the age of five were 20 times more likely to seriously injure their eyes or ears. Adults should also treat the toothpick with a little respect. Three deaths have been attributed to toothpicks after the people either swallowed or inhaled them by accident. Toothpicks may be small, but their potential dangers are definite points to ponder. If you have a troublesome [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:23:59+00:00June 9th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Toothpicks: a Pointed Problem

Facts on Flossing

Flosses and picks Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing germs that accumulate on teeth, including places where toothbrushes can't reach. This can lead to gum disease. The best way to get rid of plaque is to brush and floss your teeth carefully every day. The toothbrush cleans the tops and sides of your teeth. Dental floss cleans in between them. Some people use Waterpiks, but floss is the best choice. Should I floss? Yes. Floss removes plaque and debris that adhere to teeth and gums in between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces, and controls bad breath. Floss is the single most important weapon against plaque, perhaps more important than the toothbrush. Many people just don't spend enough time flossing [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:12:42+00:00May 5th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Facts on Flossing