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It’s relatively common for a small piece of tough food like meat fibers, popcorn hulls, fruit peels and even small hard seeds to become lodged in your gums while you’re eating. Sometimes it can be cleared away by brushing and rinsing. However, there are times when a food particle can become stubbornly stuck in your gums resulting in discomfort, pressure or even pain.

In a situation like this Dr. Daniela Adeola offers these tips to help you remove a piece of food from your gums.

You should never attempt to use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object loose. This could injure your gums or even damage your teeth.

Waxed dental floss is the first thing you should reach for to try to remove an object that is stuck in the gum line. The waxy coating allows the strand to slide easier between teeth to worked around the foreign object. You should never force the floss into place, as it could seriously injure your gums.

If waxed dental floss can’t dislodge the object you could try dental fountain or oral water jet. If your gums are irritated, you could try to rinse with lukewarm salt water. This can also help loosen the food particle while also soothing the gums.

If your best efforts fail to clear the object from your gums, you should call Dr. Daniela Adeola’s office in Bellaire, Texas at 713-481-7044 to have it professionally removed.