Aggressively using Toothpicks can cause infection!
I have a tooth that traps food. Knowing that trapped food can cause decay, I decided to remove the food with a toothpick, and sometime the food is hard to remove, so I' would keep picking until I get it. This has turned in to a nightmare.
About a month ago, I started getting a bulge/infection on my gum. Not sure I would classify it as an abscess, although the dentist did give me anbitotics. I am now off them. and the dentist says the infection is gone. This happened a month ago, and the bulge seems to be slowly going down, but it is still annoying (no pain).
In summary: Be Careful when you use toothpicks!!
Has anyone else had a similar experience?