After eating out at a restaurant, do you find yourself grabbing a toothpick to chew on? If so, then this is a habit you need to break. Did you know that toothpicks send about 9,000 people to the ER annually? Chewing on a toothpick could result in damage to your gums or teeth due to the sharp points, or it could hurt your mouth if the toothpick breaks.
Instead of chewing on a toothpick, floss your teeth if something gets stuck. If you need something to chew on after a meal, consider a Xylitol-based gum instead. Both of these are better options than having a toothpick in your mouth!