What type of wood is used in toothpicks?



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         In the U.S., wooden toothpicks are usually made out of birch. Logs are spiral cut into thin sheets and then chopped up into toothpicks.

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    Toothpicks, though sometimes made from plastic, are typically made from “unreconstituted virgin white birch” (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/167/are-wood-toothpicks-made-of-real-wood). This type of wood is used because it’s easy to form, and the toothpicks can be sold as high quality for a low price. The plastic picks aren’t very high quality and are not usually recommended by periodontists.

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