Ever get something stuck between your teeth? Of course you have; who hasn’t? At best, something stuck between your teeth is bothersome, especially if it takes a long time to remove it. At worst it is painful, and requires professional attention, like what we provide at Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego CA.
Some people have narrow and tight spaces between their teeth. They seem more susceptible to getting things wedged in there. It can cause pressure, discomfort, and even pain.
Here are some tips to dislodge what you have stuck between your teeth.
- It may be tempting, and may even seem like a good idea. But never use a sharp object on something stuck between your teeth. You may damage your gums or teeth. Use dental floss instead.
- Rinse your mouth out vigorously. Use lukewarm saltwater. You may need to repeat several times, but this is often enough to loosen whatever is stuck.
- Use waxed dental floss, as it is excellent for dislodging objects stuck between teeth. It slides easily into tight spaces.
- If you have to use a floss pick, because no floss tape is accesible to you at the moment, make sure you pick one with tight strands of floss. Always remember that a floss pick is less effective than dental tape, and only a temporary solution.
If none of this works, give us a call. At Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego CA, we offer general dentistry and can help you manage your discomfort and pain. People throughout Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Bankers Hill also come to us for cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!
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