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It’s relatively common for pieces of food, like tough meat fibers, popcorn hulls or seeds to get stuck between your teeth. The first step is to try to loosen it by vigorously rinsing the teeth with lukewarm saltwater or antiseptic mouthwash. While this might not loosen it, you should at least have a better view of the situation by clearing away residual food particles in the area.

Should the piece of food get stuck stubbornly between the teeth, it might cause pressure or pain. Even if you are in some distress, it’s important to stay calm and try to resolve the problem methodically. 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. Still, 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 effectively loosen debris.

If, after your best efforts, the piece of food is still stuck between your teeth, you can always call our Mill Creek General Dentistry team in Mill Creek, Washington and have our skilled dentist, Dr. Kerry Olszewski professionally remove the obstruction. We invite you to call us at 425-337-5549 anytime you have questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment.