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It’s not uncommon for a tough meat fiber, fruit peel, or small seed to get stuck between two of your teeth. Most of the time, the offending object can be washed away with a vigorous rinse of your beverage and a little play with your tongue.

However, there are other times, when a piece of food can become stubbornly stuck between two teeth or at the gumline. Even if you are experiencing discomfort or distress, you should still try to remain calm. To help safely extract the offending item from your teeth, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner offers some of the following insights.

A vigorous rinse with saltwater might help to dislodge the object on its own. This could also help wash away any food debris to give you a better look at the problem.

You should never use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object loose. This could injure your gums or even chip one of 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 it could seriously injure your gums. A floss threader loaded with waxed floss might also help you work at it from a different position.

If you live in the Burlington, Connecticut, area and you are struggling to remove something from your teeth or gums, you should call 860-673-7155 to have it professionally extracted at Bethaney B. Brenner, DMD, LLC.