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Do toothpicks help or hurt?

Do toothpicks help or hurt?

Help: They can help but be gentle with them. Soften the end first by gently biting on it. Angle up toward the gums and between the teeth. Should not be painful done properly. ...Read more

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Is using a toothpick bad for my teeth?

Is using a toothpick bad for my teeth?

Use sparingly: Toothpicks that are used overzealously can damage tooth enamel, lacerate gums, and even cause a broken tooth in severe cases. People who have bonding or veneers can chip or break them if they aren't careful. Overly 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, in elderly. ...Read more

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Best way to remove toothpick from foot?

Best way to remove toothpick from foot?

Foreign body: If the tooth pick is lodged in your foot, you should disinfect it with alcohol then try to grab the end with tweezers. If the toothpick doesn't come out, please see your primary physician or podiatrist. You may also have to be placed on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I stepped on a toothpick and I can feel it under my skin but MRI couldn't see it. It is painful what should I do?

I stepped on a toothpick and I can feel it under my skin but MRI couldn't see it. It is painful what should I do?

Wood Foreign Body?: Usually these things show up on MRI as it can detect wood, which doesn't show up on plain X-ray films. if the object did not show up on MRI, then it has likely been removed completely and there may only be a few small remnant splinters. I assume you had the toothpick removed. Talk with the doc who ordered the MRI. You may have injured nerves in your foot, which is very painful. Followup w/ MD asap ...Read more

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Does it ever happen that a blister be popped with a toothpick?

Does it ever happen that a blister be popped with a toothpick?

Yes but don't do it!: An unpopped blister represents a closed sterile environment. Yes on occasion one can become infected then it is time to open it, however the risk of infection in a dressed open wound is still higher than that of an intact blister. The blister will gradually resolve with time. ...Read more

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Is dental floss more effective than a toothpick?

Is dental floss more effective than a toothpick?

Yes: Dental floss is more effective than a toothpick since floss can clean the surfaces of two teeth where they are touching each other while the toothpick can only clean in between the teeth under the point of contact. ...Read more

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I may have swallowed half a toothpick. Do i need to seek additional help or will it pass? I seem to have a minor discomfort in the chest cavity

I may have swallowed half a toothpick.  Do i need to seek additional help or will it pass? I seem to have a minor discomfort in the chest cavity

I : I would consult with your doctor. If it was a smooth object like a penny, it would easily pass with your stool. You may have no difficulty passing it; or it could injure tissue as it trasverses through your GI system. ...Read more