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If you have bad habits like chewing on your fingernails, pens, pencils and other objects, there is a decent chance that a fragment of one of these foreign objects breaks off and gets stuck between your teeth. At the same time simple foods like popcorn hulls, meat fibers, seeds and fruit peels can also cause a problem.

If a foreign object does get stuck between your teeth, it’s important to stay calm. You should never use toothpicks or sharp tools to try to pry it loose. The last thing you want to do is injure your gums or damage tooth enamel with the wrong tool.

Wax coated dental floss should be the first thing you reach for. The waxy coating allows the floss to slip easily between your teeth to be worked around the foreign object. Try not to snap the floss into place, as this could injury your gums and cause further problems.

A floss threader with wax coated floss can also be handy for working at the object from a different position. Sometimes a dental fountain or oral water jet can loosen debris.

If you still can’t easily remove the object you should call our dental team at 352-398-4064 for advice or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Lash for fast resolution.