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If you have a bad habit of improvising your teeth as tools, biting your nails, or nibbling on desktop items, it is possible for a piece to break off and become stuck between two of your teeth on in your gumline. In a situation like this, staying calm will increase your chances of safely removing the foreign object from your mouth.

To aid in this effort, Dr. Teresa Eplett and the staff at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. offer some important insights.

In many of these situations, the easiest way to remove the offending object is to use waxed dental floss. The thin waxy layer on the stand allows it to slide easier between teeth to worked around the offending object.

Don’t try to force the strand of dental floss or snap it between the teeth. This could drive the object towards your gums or cause additional harm. If you have one on hand a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can help you work the strand at a different angle.

An oral irrigator device or a water flosser like Waterpik® might also prove useful. The concentrated stream of water these devices create could help loosen the object from between your teeth. Sometimes it can even clear debris that is helping to hold the piece of food in place.

If you live in the Medford, Oregon, area and you need further advice or assistance for removing a foreign object from your mouth, you can always call 541-772-8280 to speak to one of the helpful staff members at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc.