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How to Gently Get Foods Out from Between Your Teeth


Posted on 4/13/2017 by Janie Bell
A man flossing his teeth.
It is never a good idea to try and shove a toothpick between your teeth to try and get a piece of gunk out from between your teeth. However, what are you supposed to do? It hurts, and it won't go away!

Instead of using a toothpick or any other sharp or dangerous implement, you should opt to use floss.

Floss can get into an area carefully and gently, and typically is enough to get any piece of food debris out from between your teeth.

How Floss Can Help You Get Debris Out from Between Your Teeth

Sliding a piece of floss between your teeth can be a painless process. Especially if you gently glide the floss down so that it is able to get beneath whatever is stuck in your teeth. You don't need a ton of floss to do this, just a few inches will do.

All you have to do is carefully guide the floss down, and slide it back and forth. Once it is below whatever is stuck, slide it side to side in an attempt to loosen the item and let it slide out where you can grab it. If that doesn't do it, you can try to use the floss to pin the item to one tooth, and drag it towards the chewing surface of your tooth.

When in doubt, you can always contact our office and let us know that you have something stuck and need our help. We see this circumstance on a regular basis. Go in to our office, and let us use our professional tools to get the item out.

It may be something we can easily dislodge with a water pick, or we may need to use an actual dental tool to remove the item. Either way, we can solve your pain.

D. Ian Bell, D.D.S.
Advanced Aesthetic, Restorative & Family Dentistry
Bellevue-Redmond Professional Center

15613 Bel-Red Rd, Suite A
Bellevue, WA 98008-2348
(425) 502-5867
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