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Injuries, accidents and emergencies can happen to your mouth just like any other part of the body. If a dental emergency strikes your household, it’s important to act fast but also keep calm. Getting something stuck in your gums or between your teeth can cause anxiety and even pain.

Simple things like popcorn hulls, tough pieces of meat, seeds and fruit peels can usually be removed with a little dental floss. Waxed floss tends to slide between teeth and around objects easier than unwaxed floss. Use a careful hand when slipping the floss between your teeth or around the object. Forcing or snapping it into place can injure the gum tissue.

You should avoid using sharp or pointed objects to try to remove the object. The last thing you want to do is injure the gums and exacerbate the problem.

If you have something stuck in your braces, you can sometimes use interdental brushes to work the object out. A water flosser or dental water jet can also be a handy tool for washing things away near the gum line.

Sometimes even your best efforts can fail to remove the object. If you need advice or if you need our help to safely remove the object, please feel free to call us at 386.752.1342 to schedule an appointment.