Have you ever noticed that after eating a bucket of popcorn or a few pieces of candy, you almost always end up with something stuck between your teeth you just can’t seem to get out? At Snow Family Dentistry, we know it can be frustrating to feel that extra pressure on your teeth.
What many people do not know is that there are some major Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to removing unwanted pieces of food from your teeth.
Follow the below tips to get food out of your teeth safely:
Never use metal tools on your teeth
Never scrape at your teeth with a piece of metal. Instead, use a toothpick or dental pick. The soft point of either tool should be enough to work the object free. It might seem easy to use a small piece of metal, like a pocket knife, to get the piece of food out, but the hard metal can easily scrape and damage your tooth enamel or gums.
Don’t force it
Do not continue trying to get food out with your tongue if you can’t get rid of it right away. Repeatedly stretching your tongue and jaw into awkward positions will wear your jaw muscles down, which can lead to future chewing problems.
If you have something stuck in your teeth, you might be tempted to floss very aggressively to dislodge the item. This could accidentally pull out a filling or disturb another dental treatment.
Instead, floss gently. If you’re still having trouble, try using a different kind of floss and gently work it back and forth between your tooth to get a better angle.
The toothpick trick
We all know how to use a toothpick, but there is a trick if the piece of unwanted food just won’t budge.
The toothpick trick:
- Place a toothpick in-between the two teeth where the piece of food is lodged
- Push the toothpick in a little bit so it stays in place
- Keep it there for a minute or two so it allows your teeth to move slightly
- Push on the toothpick one more time so the teeth move a little further apart and then wait a couple of minutes
- Remove the toothpick and try flossing again
There should be enough space for the piece of unwanted food to pop right out.
Use a piece of paper
If you don’t have a toothpick, just use a piece of paper! Fold the tip of the piece of paper into a little triangle and use it like a makeshift toothpick.
If you just can’t get the piece of food free..
If you have tried all the above mentioned tips and still can’t get the piece of food out, contact Snow Family Dentistry today! We will safely and effectively remove the item and ensure it hasn’t caused any harm to your tooth or surrounding gum area. To schedule an appointment with us today, please click here!