How to Remove Stuck Items from Between Your Teeth

Posted on 9/30/2019 by Jared Anderson, DDS
How to Remove Stuck Items from Between Your TeethThere are few things more annoying than getting a piece of food stuck between your teeth. You may work at it with your tongue for a long time without it budging, and it can drive you crazy. These tips can bring you some relief by removing that stubborn piece of food lodged between your teeth.

Carry Floss with You

Flossing is the easiest way to get food out from between your teeth, so it is recommended that you carry a small pack with you when you are out. If extra stubborn food won't come out with traditional flossing, try tying a knot in the floss and pulling it through the teeth gently.

Brush Your Teeth

If you have access to a toothbrush, brushing your teeth is another good way to remove stuck food debris. The motion of the brush may pop the stuck item out of place.

Swish with Warm Water

If you don't have access to your dental hygiene tools, consider rinsing out your mouth with warm water. For larger pieces that might be wedged into the gums, you may want to add some salt to the water. This will help to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Try to Avoid Picking at Your Teeth with Hard or Sharp Items

Many people opt for toothpicks, forks, or even their fingernails in order to dislodge food items in between the teeth. These tactics should be avoided, as they can damage the teeth and injure the gums.

If all else fails and you still can't get that stubborn food out from between your teeth, give our office a call. It is possible that an untreated cavity or shifting teeth may be the reason that you can't get the food item out on your own. We can treat these issues while ensuring the health of your entire mouth.
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