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The tight spaces between your teeth and the soft relationship with the periodontal tissues at the gumline can sometimes prove an effective trap for a tough piece of food. While this is more common with things like meat fibers, seeds, and fruit peels, it can also occur with popcorn hulls, pieces of candy, and other food items.

Sometimes a vigorous swish of your beverage is sufficient for freeing the offending item. Unfortunately, there are simply sometimes when something becomes stubbornly stuck in place causing pressure and discomfort.

Even if you are in significant distress, it’s best to keep a cool head, while attempting to safely extricate the food item.

You should never use a toothpick or any other type of pointed tool to pry the object loose. This could potentially injure your gums or even chip one of your teeth.

Waxed dental floss is often the most effective way to remove something stuck between the teeth or lodged in the gumline. The waxy coating allows the strand to slide gently between teeth to worked around the stubborn piece of food. You should never try to force the dental floss into place, as this could drive the object further in, or potentially harm your gums.

If you still cannot safely remove the object from between your teeth, you should consider calling 703-241-0666 to speak a staff member at Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS’s Falls Church, Virginia, clinic, or to have Dr. Ronald Hauptman & Bahar Rowhani professionally remove it.