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The truth is … most dentists would rather you NOT use a toothpick!

yay-920879The truth is that most dentists will agree that they would rather people not use toothpicks, or that they at least be used very infrequently. The fact is that toothpicks are not a replacement or alternative for brushing your teeth with the proper tools of a toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash.
If you use a toothpick, wooden or plastic, gently and carefully then it may not damage your teeth – but it is more likely to damage the gum.
Toothpicks that are used over-zealously can damage tooth enamel, lacerate gums, and even cause a broken tooth in the most extreme cases. People who have bonding or veneers can chip or break them if they aren’t careful. Aggressive use of toothpicks can severely wear the roots of teeth, especially in cases where gums have pulled away from the teeth and leave teeth with root surfaces exposed, notably in the elderly.
If you are regularly getting food caught in between your teeth then you really need to check with your dentist as to why this might be. It isn’t healthy to regularly get food stuck in between your teeth. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss any of your dental concerns or questions, email us at info@lifestyledental.co.uk , or call us on 01772 717316.


Dr. Nadim Majid qualified from Liverpool Dental school in 2001 and since then has worked in Lancashire for a number of years. He decided to undertake a career in dentistry as he found it was a good mix of science and art and also gave him the ability to help people and make a difference for them.

This really hit home when he worked in a nursing home for a short time and actually saw the impact upon the health and well being of patients whom had lost their teeth the impact was significant on the general health and well being and this is something Dr. Majid wanted to make sure he helped others avoid.

Dr. Majid is trained in hypnosis, sedation for nervous people, dental implants as well as braces. He lives in Lancashire with his two children (twins) and his wife who is a teacher. Dr. Majid has always and will continue to be focused on producing top quality services that his patients have come to expect and appreciate.