This is getting ridiculous

Friday my son and his wife were heading into the city and asked me if I needed anything from the store.  I replied that I could use some toothpicks. I wanted them for a crafting project.  What they came home with shocked even me.

I know it’s been a while since I needed to purchase toothpicks, but these are not like anything I’ve ever seen before.   I had told them they would probably find toothpicks in the bakery aisle of the grocery store.  In the past, when people made their own layer cakes we used nice wooden toothpicks to hold the layers together.

But they couldn’t find them with the bakery ingredients.  Instead, the only ones they could find were in the dental hygiene section of the store.

All plastic case for starters.

All plastic case for starters.

And once I opened the container this is what they look like.



Yes, we have now taken a good reliable wooden toothpick and made it plastic.  It is described on the packaging as having 7 ways this product is better than flossing.

What else are they going to start making out of plastic that we just can’t live without.





  1. Oy! Last time I had my teeth cleaned the dental hygienist tried to get me to buy something like this, only they came individually wrapped and were very expensive. Apparently you stick them between your teeth right at the gum line and twist to remove plaque. What will they think of next. I actually ended up getting a hundred of them at the dollar store for, you guessed it – a dollar. That was over a year ago and I have used very few of them. Flossing is just easier. I have, however discovered that they do come in handy if you have to clean anything with very small holes in it.

    BTW, last time I looked toothpicks were in the paper plates aisle next to the plastic utensils.

  2. I purchased toothpicks just a few weeks ago at a walmart store. I had a hard time finding them. I checked the baking section and found none. I went to customer service and was told there were in picnic supplies. What I
    found where toothpicks sold in small plastic shakers with holes like a salt shaker sold in sets of two. They were
    the only toothpicks they had. I also now know if I ever need kitchen matches these too are in picnic supplies.

  3. We have the wooden ones here in Brazil, and they are sold in a little cardboard box. However, the quality is getting worse; once upon a time you could service the whole mouth with one toothpick, now with breakages it can take up to half a dozen. In restaurants each toothpick comes individually wrapped in a little paper sachet, that’s the law. Who made the law? The brother of the owner of the factory that wraps toothpicks… I say no more.


  4. We seem to take one step forward and 10 back. I can’t believe that they’ve taken a relatively Eco-friendly product and turned it into something which trashes our environment. Have you considered bamboo picks? They have them at Amazon. They are probably more expensive than these plastic ones but … they are Eco-friendly and sometimes we have to vote with our dollar!

    • I’m not concerned with cost, I don’t imagine bamboo toothpicks would break the bank. I will check out Amazon for them. As I have learned from other comments today, the wooden ones exist, you just have to search for them. So if you can find wooden toothpicks, and you can buy floss, which isn’t perfect for the environment, why in the world do they need to make these strange looking plastic “brush picks”? I thought the little floss things with the plastic handle was a pretty stupid invention, I mean even when out, I could think of a better product than a plastic flosser to get at food between my teeth.

      • Someone sent me some of those little plastic thingys (I know … why anyone would send a plastic doodad to a green-living advocate is beyond me) … since I had them and didn’t want to toss them out (and oh, didn’t want to hurt the feelings of a family member), I tried them. They were terrible … they bend rather than stay stiff enough to get between one’s teeth and that little brush thing is just annoying. Who thinks up this stuff! :-)

    • Isn’t that the truth, and don’t they look like spears, I’ve been trying to some up with a description, but the one end looks like the end of an arrow, so it’s a hybrid of something. I’ve seen some really strange things lately. But I guess we’re no different than we were when I think about the pet rocks that were all the craze, if you can get someone to buy them, then someone will make them.

    • Sugar is still in our baking aisle, but I’m not surprised to hear it’s moved to the coffee and tea section in some stores. Sorry not kidding about the toothpicks, which are now being called Brush picks, I actually tried it out on my teeth, I can’t for the life of me figure out how this is supposed to work better than floss, I can’t get it to do much.

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