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What Are Cinnamon Toothpicks?

Cinnamon toothpicks are slender wooden sticks infused with cinnamon oil, offering a burst of spicy flavor while promoting oral hygiene. They freshen breath, satisfy oral fixations, and can even help quit smoking. Their natural antibacterial properties make them a smart, portable choice for dental care. Curious about how they're made or their benefits? Let's explore the spicy world of cinnamon toothpicks together.
Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

Cinnamon toothpicks are either made from cinnamon wood or other woods that have been soaked in oil of cinnamon. People use cinnamon toothpicks for a variety of reasons, including oral hygiene, breath freshening, or to address negative lifestyle habits such as smoking or overeating. Some people also very much enjoy and appreciate the aroma and taste of cinnamon and may even use cinnamon toothpicks to add extra flavor to hors d'oeuvres.

In many countries, including the United States, cinnamon is a very popular and commonly used flavoring agent. This spice is often used to flavor candies and gums as well as desserts and pastries. Many cultures also use cinnamon in a variety of savory dishes, including meats, potatoes, and vegetables. Cinnamon is naturally sweet, and some researchers believe that inhaling its aroma can have positive effects on a person's mental state.

Cinnamon sticks. The flavoring can be added to toothpicks.
Cinnamon sticks. The flavoring can be added to toothpicks.

Historically many people have used toothpicks as a way of keeping their teeth clean and protecting their gums from irritation. Many restaurants, for example, provide toothpicks to customers as they depart. Flavored toothpicks are sometimes appreciated by toothpick users because they are coated with aromatic oils such as mint or cinnamon that leave a fresh taste in the mouth and can address bad breath caused by strongly flavored unscented cooking ingredients.

Cinnamon toothpicks can be used to freshen the breath.
Cinnamon toothpicks can be used to freshen the breath.

Many smokers who wish to quit or cut down on their use of cigarettes may use toothpicks as a way of addressing their inclination to constantly have something in their mouth. Flavored toothpicks, particularly those that are very strongly flavored, can really help as a smoker seeks to curb his cravings. Some manufacturers and retailers of cinnamon toothpicks deliberately use very intense and strong cinnamon flavoring so as to address the needs of those who use the toothpicks as a smoking cessation tool.

Another group of people who often make use of cinnamon toothpicks are those who wish to lose weight or banish sweet cravings. As cinnamon is sweet and spicy, many people may find that keeping a cinnamon toothpick in their mouth decreases their desire to reach for a sweet or high-calorie treat. Many companies sell cinnamon toothpicks in packaging that allows people to conveniently carry the toothpicks with them so that they are always accessible when needed to address temptation.

Many hors d'oeuvres are served or consumed with toothpicks. In some cases, sweet or even savory hors d'oeuvres may be enhanced if is served with cinnamon toothpicks. For example, some cocktail meatball recipes use cinnamon, and the use of a cinnamon toothpick to spear these meatballs can enhance their flavor.

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I've had a lot of dental work done which is a little problematic for me after eating. I need to rinse my mouth and use a toothpick after meals to feel comfortable. Cinnamon toothpicks have been a savior in this sense. My family used to buy these when I was a kid and I suddenly remembered them. I love the cinnamon flavor that remains in my mouth after using them. It's a great way to clean the palate as well.


@fBoyle-- My husband is using them to curb his cigarette cravings and habit. Cinnamon sticks are working for him but I'm not sure if they will work for you. If you are missing having a cigarette in your mouth, I think they will help. You can chew on a cinnamon toothpick for several hours to keep your mind off of cigarettes. The cinnamon flavor will also help reduce the nicotine cravings.

Just make sure to read some product reviews before buying cinnamon toothpicks because some brands are better than others. My husband likes cinnamon toothpicks with a strong, hot cinnamon flavor that lasts a long time. Some cinnamon toothpicks do not have enough cinnamon oil and the flavor is very mild. They might not work so well, so find a brand that delivers in terms of flavor.


Do cinnamon toothpicks really help people quit smoking? Has anyone used them for this purpose? Would you recommend them?

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      Cinnamon sticks. The flavoring can be added to toothpicks.
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      Cinnamon toothpicks can be used to freshen the breath.