Take Care When Removing Food Wedged Between Teeth

Usually, a piece of food wedged between teeth can be easily removed with dental floss. While you should have floss on hand for daily care, not just for moments like this, it can be a relief to have it on hand when you feel something stuck in place. So what should you do if floss is not able to take care of the piece of food? Our Rochester, MN dentist’s office can help if something is wedged between your teeth and not moving. Taking care of this problem properly will be important, as an injury caused by your efforts to remove something stuck can hurt your gums, leading to problems with your periodontal health.

Stick With Floss When You Want To Remove Something Stuck Between Teeth

With your floss string, you can work over a piece of food lodged between your teeth. While it may take some patience to remove something stubborn, this material is equipped to safely work its way in between the space and clear out something that might be trapped. Trying to use something hard or sharp to take care of something more firmly lodged can lead to unintended consequences. Damage to your periodontal tissues can lead to infiltration from bacteria, resulting in periodontal disease. When periodontal problems form, they can lead to new troubles as microbes move through the bloodstream and move to other parts of your body. A sustained infection can also lead to attachment loss, meaning your gums and bone surrounding teeth can be worn down to the point of robbing them of support!

What Happens If You Are Unable To Dislodge Something With Floss?

If a piece of food is wedged in place and causing you pain, you may need your dentist’s help in removing it. The trouble with aggressively attempting to remove that piece of food is that you could damage your periodontal tissues and develop an infection. Contact your dentist if you are concerned by this problem, or if you are frustrated by the degree of pain you are experiencing. Having it properly removed can be more than just immediate relief. Through this responsible action, you can avoid potential future consequences!

Make Flossing A Daily Practice

Remember that flossing is more than just something to do when food is painfully crammed between two teeth. When you make it a daily habit, you will be able to clear away plaque and smaller bits of food that can cause problems with gum disease as well as dental decay. If you want to avoid an infection, and hope to avoid issues that require the placement of a dental filling or dental crown, you should trust both your floss and your toothbrush to preserve your dental well-being!

You Can Count On Support From Our Rochester, MN Dentist’s Office

If you find yourself with something stuck between your teeth that you cannot remove, reach out to your dentist! To learn more about how we can help with this and other issues, please call Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.