If You Have Something Between Your Teeth, We Can Help
Posted on 8/25/2019 by Dr. Leo Townsend, DDS
There are few things more annoying than getting food stuck between your teeth, especially if you can't get it out. While there are some steps that you can take on your own, if you have especially stubborn debris stuck between the teeth, you may need our help.
Dental Tools that Can Remove Debris from between the Teeth
Our dental practice features many tools needed to clean your teeth appropriately, and some of them can be used to remove food from between the teeth.
A dental explorer or sickle probe has a sharp edge that can scrape away plaque, tartar, and debris. Greater buildup may require the use of a scaler. We can also flush your mouth with water to try and move the debris out of place, and a saliva ejector or suction device can dry off the mouth. If these strategies don't help to free the debris, we can also surgically extract things that get caught between the teeth.
Ways to Remove Items from between the Teeth at Home
Before you come into our office, you may want to try and remove the debris from between your teeth on your own. Floss is the best option, and you may want to carry some around with you so that you are prepared when needed. For extra stubborn debris, tie a knot in the floss and place it carefully between the teeth. Then, pull the knot through the space gently.
There are other things that you can try to clean between your teeth. Swishing with water and spitting it out can encourage the debris to move, and you can pinch a soda straw together to create a safer alternative to a toothpick.
If these strategies don't help to extract whatever is stuck between your teeth, give us a call so that we can help.
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Are you ready to schedule an appointment? Do you have questions? We are happy to help and are looking forward to talking to you! Call us today at (916) 683-1335 or fill out our easy-to-use request an appointment form.