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It’s not uncommon for a small piece of food, like meat fibers, popcorn hulls, fruit peels and even seeds, to become lodged between your teeth while you’re eating. In some cases, a piece of food can get stuck in your gumline. This can result in discomfort, pressure or even pain.

First, you should try to vigorously rinse your mouth. Lukewarm saltwater is preferable to antiseptic mouthwash because the antiseptic agents can irritate injured gums. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t 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 first thing you should reach for when trying to remove an object that is stuck in the gumline. 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.

If you have one on hand, a dental fountain or oral water jet might be able to clear the area. At the very least, it might rinse away excess food particles to give you a better view of the problem.

If you have something stuck in your gumline that requires professional extraction, you shouldn’t delay in calling 21st Century Dental Care at (908) 604-5959 to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Vitaly Friedman. Your dentist in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is more than happy to help you!