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Dangers Associated with Chewing on Toothpicks

Posted on 2/23/2017 by Janie Bell
A man chewing onto a toothpick.
Chewing on a toothpick is never good. It can cause a lot of damage to your body, and leave you in pain. If you tend to chew on them without even thinking about it, it is important that you know how much of a problem that could end up causing.

Plus, it is something that you should be sure to talk to your dentist about the next time you go in so they can make sure it hasn't caused any damage already.

Toothpicks Are Dangerous

Did you know that more people choke annually on toothpicks than seriously choke on food? It's true, and it's a worrisome trend. People sometimes choke on the toothpick whole, with the points getting stuck in the throat, and other times they choke on a broken part of the toothpick.

When you chew on a toothpick, they can easily splinter and break off into your cheeks, gums, or even into your throat. If the pieces are big, they may be able to be removed easily by you. However, if the pieces are smaller, they could sit in your tissue and become infected, causing an entirely new level of discomfort or illness.

The rule of thumb when using a toothpick is to use it by holding it tight in your hand, and as soon as you are done, throw it out. You never want to take the chance that it could hurt you. Toothpicks are tools with a specific use, and that use is not chewing.

If you tend to bite and chew on things you shouldn't, talk to your dentist and see what they can do to help. Plus, then they can look at your teeth and make sure that they haven't sustained any type of damage from this potentially dangerous habit.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.
D. Ian Bell, D.D.S.
Advanced Aesthetic, Restorative & Family Dentistry
Bellevue-Redmond Professional Center

15613 Bel-Red Rd, Suite A
Bellevue, WA 98008-2348
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