Dr Alatishe Muhammad, a dentist who practices in Kwara State, Ilorin, dropped the advice earlier this week. He said using toothpicks causes harm to the teeth and gums.
"Using a toothpick is not an ideal way to remove something stuck between your teeth.
"Toothpicks can cause abrasion and damage to your teeth at the base where they meet the gums. This can lead to gum disease and other dental problems."