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Dentist-Approved Ways to Remove Something Stuck in Your Teeth

We’ve all been there—those times when a piece of candy, a popcorn kernel, or something else gets stuck in your teeth, and you can’t get it out. Although having something stuck in your teeth can be very frustrating, it’s important to avoid irritating the area when you’re trying to get it out. At Lifetime Family Dental, we want to help you relieve your discomfort as safely as possible. Continue reading for our mouth-friendly tips on how to remove something that’s stuck in your teeth. 

How to Remove Something Stuck in Your Teeth

If you don’t remove food particles—especially candy—that get stuck between your teeth, it increases your risk of developing tooth decay. Leaving food in between your teeth can also cause fillings to fall out, chipped teeth, and other dental problems. 

While it is necessary to remove something stuck in your teeth, you must be careful while you do so to prevent further damage. You can try the following methods, but if they don’t work, contact us as soon as possible to get help.

1. Try Your Tongue

Gently pushing with your tongue may be enough to dislodge something from between your teeth. If that push isn’t enough, do not keep trying. Overworking your tongue leads to sore jaw muscles and TMJ, a disorder that causes aching jaw pain. TMJ can also lead to chewing and speech problems, so it’s best to just let your tongue relax. 

2. Rinse Your Mouth

The next thing you should do when trying to remove something stuck in your teeth is to gently rinse your mouth with warm water, mouthwash, or saltwater. Forcefully swishing for at least 30 seconds may be enough to dislodge whatever is stuck. Swishing is an especially good option when you are away from your toothbrush and floss.

3. Gently Floss

Flossing can reach those hard-to-get-to areas of your mouth, so it’s an excellent way to remove food particles caught between your teeth. However, flossing too roughly can sometimes push whatever is stuck deeper into your gums. Gently use the floss to slowly remove something wedged between your teeth. Water flossers will also gently loosen food particles if regular flossing is not enough. 

4. Use Your Toothbrush

If all else fails, the soft bristles of your toothbrush may be able to remove food particles stuck along your gum line. After you have removed whatever is stuck in between your teeth, you should always brush well with toothpaste. This will help remove any remaining food particles and protect your teeth from decay.

5. Eat Raw Vegetables

Sometimes chewing on crunchy foods can help dislodge food particles from between your teeth. The best crunchy foods to help remove whatever is stuck in your teeth are raw vegetables like carrots that act as a natural toothbrush. Raw vegetables are also full of fiber, which increases saliva production to help your mouth fight tooth decay. 

What Not to Do

Never use metal or sharp tools like forks, knives, or tweezers to remove something stuck in your teeth. Scraping your teeth with sharp or metal tools will damage your enamel and gums. Even if they do remove whatever was stuck in between your teeth, it’s not worth the risk. Stick to the safe removal methods listed above, or contact your dentist for help. 

Urgent Dental Care in Gilbert

If you cannot remove whatever is in between your teeth on your own, contact your dentist immediately. The professionals at Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert, Arizona know just how to ease your discomfort and safely remove something stuck in your teeth. We can also determine if whatever was caught has caused any damage to your teeth and gums. If you have something stuck between your teeth that you can’t get out, call 480-558-4331 to schedule an appointment.

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