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Sometimes pieces of food and meat fibers can get lodged between your teeth or in your gumline. Most of the time, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater or antiseptic mouthwash in Bryan, Texas. This situation could be even more serious if you have a bad habit of chewing on objects, like pencils and pens, and a fragment of the object breaks off.

Even if you’re experiencing discomfort, distress or pain, you need to keep a cool head. Your dentist, Dr. Chuck Majors, offers these tips to help you safely remove a foreign object or food particle that is stuck in your gums.

You should never attempt to pry the object loose with toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools. This could seriously injure your gums or even damage your teeth. If your gums are bleeding, rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. This can help soothe injured gum tissues, wash away blood and give you a better view of the damage.

In most situations, the first thing you want to reach for is waxed dental floss. The wax coating on the strand can help it slide around the object easily. Do not force the floss into place because it could seriously injure your gums.

If waxed dental floss can’t dislodge the object, you could try using a dental fountain or oral water jet.

If you still can’t easily remove the object from your gums after using these tips, you can call MajorSmiles at 979-776-6600 to schedule an appointment.