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I think we have all experienced a time or two when you were eating a meal or a snack and a piece of food got stuck between two of your teeth. In most situations, these things can be loosened and removed by rinsing your mouth or giving it a good brushing.

There are also times when a piece of food gets stubbornly stuck between your teeth, or even cause pressure and discomfort. When this happens, it’s important to stay calm and be patient about clearing the object away. You should never try to use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object loose, as this could injure your gums or even chip one of your teeth.

Waxed dental floss is the first thing you should reach for to remove something from between your teeth. Its waxy coating allows the strand to slide easier between teeth to worked around the foreign object. You should never force the floss into place, as it could seriously injure your gums.

A floss threader with wax coated floss can also be handy for working at the object from a different position. Sometimes a dental fountain or oral water jet can loosen debris.

If the object is still stuck between your teeth, you can always call Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC at 845-454-0790 for advice or to schedule an appointment to have the object professionally removed.