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Pretty much everyone has had a small piece of food like meat fibers, popcorn hulls, fruit peels and even small hard seeds to become lodged between your teeth while you’re eating. In some cases, a piece of food can get stuck in your gum line. This can result in discomfort, pressure or even pain.

The first step is to vigorously rinse your mouth. Lukewarm salt water is preferable to antiseptic mouthwash, as the antiseptic agents can irritate injured gums. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object loose. This could injure your gums or even damage your teeth.

Waxed dental floss is the first thing you should reach for to try to remove an object that is stuck in the gum line. The 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.

If waxed dental floss can’t dislodge the object you could try dental fountain or oral water jet. You might need to have it professionally extracted.

If you have something stuck in your gum line that requires professional extraction, you shouldn’t delay on calling Advanced Dental Care’s office in Burlington, Massachusetts at 781-272-2875 to schedule an emergency appointment.