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Sometimes when you’re eating a snack or a meal, a tough piece of food can get stuck between two of your teeth. When this happens, it’s usually not a serious cause for concern. However, there are rare instances when something can get uncomfortably stuck between your teeth. This is even more likely to happen if you have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects or using your teeth as tools.

In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader, offers these key insights to safely remove the object from between your teeth.

The first thing to try is vigorously rinsing the area with lukewarm saltwater. This might help dislodge the food particle on its own. If anything, this could give you a better view of the problem.

You should never 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 work 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 the object from a different position.

If the object is still stubbornly lodged between your teeth, you can always call Oakmont Family Dentists at 412-828-3311 to have it professionally extracted. Your dentist in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, is happy to help you!