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Getting a piece of food stuck between your teeth or in your gums while enjoying a meal or eating a snack is rarely a cause for concern. However, there are other times when a tough piece of meat or a seed, peel, or popcorn hull can get stubbornly and uncomfortably lodged. To help you safely remove it from between your gums, your dentist, Dr. Sarah Frye, offers these basic insights.

Even if you’re feeling distress and pain, you need to keep a cool head. Acting rashly can sometimes turn a minor problem into something more significant.

You should never use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object out of your gumline. This could seriously injure your gums or chip a tooth. If your gums are bleeding, rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater can help soothe wounded gum tissues. This might also loosen the object.

Should rinsing fail to loosen it from your gums, you should reach for waxed dental floss. The waxy coating on the strand can help it slide into the gum line smoothly. Be sure not to force the floss into place as it could seriously injure your gums.

If you have a water flosser like Waterpik®, the concentrated stream of water might jostle or loosen the object from the gums.

If you need to have the piece of food professionally extracted in Lexington, North Carolina, you can call 336.248.5057 to schedule a timely appointment at Sarah E. Frye, DDS PA.