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How to Remove an Object Caught in Your Teeth

October 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 5:47 pm

Woman picking at her teeth to remove objectNothing is more annoying than having food stuck in your teeth. Whether it’s a piece of popcorn or traces of your steak dinner, it may seem like nothing more than a nuisance. However, it can turn into a dental emergency if you can’t free it. If you have an object stuck between your teeth, don’t panic! Here’s what you can try at home before giving an emergency dentist a call.

1. Rinse Your Mouth with Salt Water

Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and give your mouth a rinse. Squishing it around can help free up debris. It is also a natural antiseptic that can reduce pain and inflammation. Salt water will kill bacteria and help break down the residue.

2. Never Use Sharp Objects

Don’t use toothpicks, needles, and other pointy household items to free the object. Not only can they introduce bacteria into your mouth, but they can also injure your gums or damage your teeth. 

3. Floss Gently

Floss can remove debris without harming your teeth and gums. Dental professionals recommend using about 18 inches of waxed floss. Wrap it around your index fingers, leaving about 6 inches of space to work with. Gently insert the floss between two teeth. Form a “C” shape around a tooth and slide it down to the gum line and back up to the crown. You may need to repeat the process several times.

4. Try a Water Flosser

If traditional flossing doesn’t do the trick, give a water flosser a try. It uses a gentle stream of water to clean the most hard-to-reach areas in your mouth. 

5. Contact Your Emergency Dentist

If you can’t get the object out, it’s time to turn to a professional for help. Don’t wait to see if it will free itself on its own. Leaving it in place will cause bacteria growth that can lead to inflammation, infections, and bad odors. 

Your dentist will get you into the office quickly to examine your mouth. They’ll create a personalized treatment plan to remove it. In no time at all, you’ll be on your way to enjoy the remainder of your day.

About Dr. Cher Rich

Dr. Rich earned her dental degree at the University of Texas at Houston Dental School. She has regularly continued her education to provide the most up-to-date services. She can treat the most complex oral health issues, including dental emergencies. If you need a dentist in a hurry, request an appointment through her website or call (281) 377-3125.

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