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
If you really want to get something out of your mouth without floss, try a toothpick. We all know how to use a toothpick, but there is a trick if the piece of unwanted food is completely stuck in your teeth.
The toothpick trick: