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It’s not uncommon for a piece of food, like a meat fiber or popcorn hull, to get stuck between your teeth. Most of the time these things can be rinsed away or loosened in short order. However, there are times when something can get stubbornly stuck between your teeth, requiring immediate attention. This is even more likely to happen if you have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects or using your teeth as tools.

Even if you’re experiencing discomfort, pressure or pain, you need to keep a level head. You should never try to use toothpicks or any kind of sharp, pointed tool to pry it out. This could potentially chip your teeth and severely wound your gums.

Waxed dental floss is the first thing you should reach for. The waxy coating allows the strand to slide easier between teeth to work around the lodged food particle. Try not to force the floss or snap it between the teeth as this could also injure your gums. If you have a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss, it can help you work the strand at a different angle.

If you have one on hand, you could also try using an oral irrigator or dental water jet device. The concentrated stream of water could wash away the food particle without any undue pressure. Sometimes it can even clear debris that are holding the piece of food in place.

If the piece of food is still stubbornly stuck in Ottawa, ON, you should strongly consider calling Skyline Dental Associates at (613) 226-4562 to seek professional advice and treatment from your dentist, Dr. Leila Ebrahimpoor.