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Tough cuts of meat, beef jerky, fruit peels, and hard nuts sometimes require significant force when biting and chewing. Every so often a fragment can break off and become stubbornly lodged between two of your teeth.

Even if you are experiencing pressure and discomfort from the item stuck between your teeth it’s important to remain calm while attempting to remove it.

Sometimes a vigorous rinse your mouth vigorously with a little lukewarm saltwater can dislodge the object on its own. Even if it fails to free the food particle you might be able to wash away any debris to gain a better view.

You should never use toothpicks or any other kind of pointed tool to pry the object loose. This could injure your periodontal tissues or even cause harm to your teeth  

Sometimes you can work the food particle loose with waxed dental floss. The waxy coating allows the strand to slide gently between teeth to worked around the foreign object. You should never try to force the dental floss into place. A floss threader loaded might also help you work at it from a different position.

If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and basic first-aid measures have failed to remove an object from between your teeth or gum line, you can always call 704-375-8577 to have it professional extracted by Dr. Tom Pinnavaia or one of the specialists at My Dentists.