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Food, debris, and fibers can easily become stuck in your teeth from eating seeds, crunchy snacks, or tough foods like beef jerky. At the same time, if you have a bad habit of nibbling on pens, pencils or other foreign objects a piece could break off and become lodged between your teeth or stuck in your gumline. In a situation like this, it’s important to remain calm. This will help you patiently remove the object from your teeth or gums without undue risk of harm.

Sometimes a vigorous rinse your mouth vigorously with a little lukewarm saltwater. This might help to dislodge the object on its own. Even if it fails to free the food particle it can still help wash away any debris to give you a better look at the problem. If you have a water flosser in the house, might also help clear the area.

You should never use toothpicks or any other kind of pointed tool to pry the object loose. This could injure your periodontal tissues or even cause harm to your teeth. Sometimes you can loosen the object little waxed dental floss. The waxy coating allows the strand to slide easier between teeth to worked around the foreign object. You should never force the floss into place, as it could seriously injure your gums. A floss threader loaded might also help you work at it from a different position.

If you live in the Garland, Texas, area and basic first-aid measures have failed to remove an object from between your teeth or gumline, you can always call 972-840-8477 to have it professionally extracted by Dr. Mike A. Musso or one of the specialists at Musso Family Dentistry.