April 28, 2016

What to do when something gets stuck between your teeth

It’s quite common for food particles like popcorn hulls, meat fibers, and fruit peels to get stuck between your teeth. Even worse is if you have a habit of chewing on things like pencils and pens and a small piece breaks off. While this often causes minor discomfort there are some situations where it can actually cause pain.

The first course of action to try is to vigorously rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water. This can often help to loosen the object or wash away a little of it to help you get a clear understanding of the how badly the object is stuck.

The next thing to reach for is waxed dental floss should be the first thing you use to try to remove the object from between your teeth. The waxy coating allows the strand to slide between teeth easily and can often be worked around the foreign object. Try to avoid snapping the floss into place, and injuring your gums.

A floss threader with wax coated floss can also be handy for working at the object from a different position.

You should never use toothpicks or sharp tools to try to pry the object loose, this could injure your gums or actually damage your teeth.

If you still can’t easily remove the object you should call Exceptional Dentistry at 661.349.7725 to help assess the situation and schedule an appointment to have the object professionally removed.