Food Stuck In Teeth

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Can you remember waiting to sink you teeth into a big juicy piece of meat? Then the evitable happens a piece of chicken, beef or your favorite meat is lodge in between the gaps in your teeth. In some cases, it may be a small piece of bone slivers.

How To Remove

Frequently sloshing several mouthfuls of warm water very quickly will dislodge the object.

Another alternative would be to use dental floss, a toothpick or even a water pik.

Try a dental pik: but be careful because if you have bad coordination the sharp end can puncture your gums and cause bleeding. You want to avoid risking infection from bacteria.

If you have braces or other dental work, try running down to your local drugstore or supermarket and ask for an interdental brush. It is design specifically to remove food

particles in between the teeth.

These brushes are color coded according to size. From fine about .4mm to over 1.1 mm or even larger. Your best bet will be to try and find the variety pack, which includes many sizes to choose from. Never force a brush into the area. Select the correct size to avoid discomfort. You want to remove particles and not damage your gums.

If size is not a problem then a re-chargeable toothbrushes are really good. The natural vibrating action of the brush does a better job than a manual brush can.

Foods Easily Trapped

Foods that can get stuck between teeth are:

  • Popcorn kernels
  • Meat
  • Beef
  • Steak
  • Small bones
  • Shells from nuts
  • Skins from apples
  • Beef jerky
  • Candy
  • Clams

Almost anything which has fiber can slide in between teeth and become hard to remove.

Troublesome food can even become lodged in a hole or cavity after an tooth extraction.

Avoiding Infection

When it comes to removing trapped food, an ounce of precaution is worth a pound of prevention. When attempting to remove food from teeth never use:

  • A piece of paper towel (this would be the hard kind) from the bathroom, especially public restrooms. You have no way of knowing where the towel has been. This would also apply to paper, gum wrappers, hard plastic (like credit cards)
  • Fingernails can contain unseen dirt and infectious material
  • Earrings or straight pins, safety pins or stick pins

Food lodge in the gums or teeth can be worrisome; but, it is safer to remove it with tools that have been properly sterilized and designed for that purpose.

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