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It’s a rather common occurrence for a small piece of food like meat fibers, popcorn hulls, fruit peels and even small hard seeds to become lodged between your teeth or in your gum line. While these can sometimes be cleared away by rinsing your mouth with mouthwash, there are times when a food particle can become stubbornly lodged in your gum line. This can even lead to pressure, discomfort or even pain.

If after vigorously rinsing the piece of food is still stuck in your gum line you shouldn’t 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 or in pain you could try to rinse with lukewarm salt water can also help loosen the food particle and soothe injured gum tissues.

If you still can’t easily remove the object you can call Dr. Phuong Nguyen at to schedule an appointment.