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toothpick

(to͞oth′pĭk′)
n.
A small piece of wood or other material for removing food particles from between the teeth.

toothpick

Any small tapering sliver of wood or other material used to remove food debris from between the teeth. Early examples were made of gold, carved bone, or ivory.

tooth·pick

(tūthpik)
Small wood sliver or thin plastic device used to remove food particles from the interdental space.
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Haven't you heard of the great tooth-pick massacre of 1956?
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This shows low awareness of the harmful effects of tooth-picks on interdental gingiva.
1997, is a construction of wire, dental floss, and tooth-picks that spells out its title across the gallery wall.
Although it is known that tooth-picks were in use during the late mediaeval period, our man was clearly not persuaded about the benefits of this practice and instead, like the majority of the population, appears to have preferred the option of gum disease and halitosis.
He says: "We are not watching tooth-picks being broken; lethal weapons are being destroyed".
Some see the repetitive probing as a cultural behavior without practical use, while a more common theory holds that tooth-picks were used to eliminate tissue damaged by tooth decay or gum disease and to remove trapped bits of food.