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From time to time we’ve all had a small piece of food, like a meat fiber or popcorn hull, get stuck between two teeth. Most of the time you can free it by vigorously rinsing the area with lukewarm saltwater. Even if it doesn’t dislodge the object it might loosen it or provide you with better access to free it.

However, there are times when something gets stuck stubbornly between the teeth. This can sometimes cause pressure of even pain. Even if you are in some distress, it’s important to keep a level head.

You should never attempt to use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object loose. This could injure your gums or even damage your teeth.

Waxed dental floss is the ideal tool for clearing the object from between your teeth. 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 this could injure your gums.

A floss threader with wax coated floss can also be handy for working at the object from a different position. Sometimes a dental fountain or oral water jet can loosen debris.

If you still can’t easily remove the object you should call Darden DDS at 626.963.6006 for advice or to schedule an appointment to have it safely and professionally removed.