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Floss Should Be Your First Option When Something is Stuck Between Your Teeth


Posted on 3/10/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
Floss Should Be Your First Option When Something is Stuck Between Your TeethThere are many ways you can get food that's stuck between your teeth out. However, the best way to do so is by using floss. The one thing you don't want to do here is use a toothpick.

Why You Should Use Floss


Waxed dental floss is your best option for removing food that's stuck between your teeth. It's important that you opt for the waxed version, though because this is what helps the floss easily slide in and around the object that's stuck there. Make sure you never force the floss to go into areas it won't traverse though, because then you could end up damaging your gums and causing you to suffer from even bigger issues.

Why You Should Avoid Toothpicks


Considering that a toothpick is a sharp, pointed tool. People think that they should use them to pry food objects out of their gums. By doing so, many people have found themselves injuring their gums or damaging their teeth.

If you've already done this and caused your gums to bleed, you'll want to immediately rinse your mouth out with some lukewarm salt water. This won't only help soothe your injured gum tissues, but help you see what happened. If the injury is severe enough, make sure you call us immediately.

When Floss Isn't Available, What Do You Do Since Toothpicks Aren't an Option?


When you don't have any floss available to use and you can clearly understand why a toothpick is a poor option, you may find yourself left wondering what other options exist.

Fortunately, there are some, including using your tongue or finger, or even simply rinsing your mouth with some warm salt water. However, your best option if something is stuck is always going to be to call us. Schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible so we can make sure your teeth and gums are properly cared for.
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