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We all have experienced a time or two when a piece of food got stubbornly stuck between our teeth. In some cases, these things food particles can even become lodged in the gum line. Of even more significant concern, is if you have a bad habit of chewing on objects like pencils and pens and a fragment of the foreign object breaks off!

Sometimes the pressure, discomfort or pain can put you in a state of distress. Here at Newport Healthy Smiles we off a few tips to help you safely remove the object or food particle from your gum line.

You should never attempt to use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object loose. This could seriously injure your gums or the base of your teeth. If your gums are bleeding, you might want to try vigorously rinsing your mouth with salt water. This can help wash away blood, sooth sensitive gum tissues and might even help to loosen the object.

If the object is merely lodged in your gum line, waxed dental floss can sometimes slide up into the gum line to be worked around the foreign object. Make sure not to 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 a foreign object has punctured your gums, you should not attempt to remove it with tools like a tweezers or pliers. Instead it is best to call Newport Healthy Smiles at 949-642-9928 to set up an emergency appointment. Sometimes having an object in your gum line professional removed, proves to be your safest option.