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Most people have had a time or two when a piece of food such as meat fibers, popcorn hulls, nuts, or fruit peels have gotten stuck between their teeth. This is even more likely if you have a bad habit of chewing on objects like pens and pencils. In a lot of cases you can usually loosen the foreign object by vigorously rinsing your mouth with salt water or antiseptic mouthwash.

However, there are times when something can get stubbornly stuck between your teeth, or even cause pressure and discomfort. When this happens it’s important to keep a clear head. Acting rashly could injure your mouth.

You should never try to use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object loose. This could injure your gums or even chip one of your teeth.

The ideal tool for removing something from between your teeth is 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 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 the object is still stuck between your teeth, you should call Dr. Brett Riche at 505.592.0477 for further advice or to schedule an appointment.