Nothing is more annoying than having an object stuck between teeth. Whether it’s food or foreign material, it can be quite bothersome until it is removed. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to get something out from between two teeth. There are many methods you can try at home to free the object; however, if they aren’t successful, it’s time to contact your emergency dentist. Here’s how you can attempt to remove the material before making a call to your dentist.
Removing an Object from Between Your Teeth
If you have something stuck between teeth, it’s easy for panic to quickly set in, but it’s best to remain calm to assess the situation. Although you might be tempted to wait to see if it dislodges on its own, it can lead to infection and tooth decay. To get the relief you need and prevent harmful bacteria growth, here are some tips to follow:
1. Don’t use any metal or sharp items.
Needles, knives, tweezers, and other sharp or metal items may seem like the ideal solution to pop the object from your teeth, but this opens the door to new potential complications. A simple slip can cause a serious injury to your teeth or gums. It’s best to avoid using anything that’s not designed for your oral hygiene.
2. Rinse your mouth with warm water.
If you have any bleeding caused by the foreign object, rinse your mouth with warm water. It will rinse away any blood to allow you to get a better look at the problem to find a solution. It will also soothe your discomfort.
3. Used waxed dental floss.
The ideal method to dislodge an object is with waxed dental floss. Wax provides lubrication for it to easily slide between your teeth, but be careful you don’t use too much force, or you can cause an injury to your gums. You may need to try flossing several times before it is freed. If you have one at home, you can also use a water flosser, which can be more effective than floss.
4. Get help from a professional.
When home methods fail to work, it’s time to call your dentist, even if you aren’t in any pain. It’s recommended you see a dentist as soon as possible. They have the right instruments to safely remove an object stuck in your teeth. In a matter of a few minutes, any discomfort will be alleviated, so you can get back to your daily responsibilities.
Don’t Wait to See Your Dentist
If something gets caught between your teeth, don’t panic. Although it can be annoying, it is not a life-threatening situation. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist for advice.
About Dr. Ajaipal Sekhon
Dr. Sekhon earned his dental degree at the University of Western Ontario. He treats each patient with the utmost respect and integrity while creating personalized treatment plans. If you need an emergency dentist, contact our office today for an appointment.