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Eating is generally considered one of the small pleasures in life, and at the very least, a time to fortify the body. Normally eating is a pleasant experience, but every so often pieces of food or meat fibers can get lodged between your teeth or in your gum line. Many times this can be easily rinsed with lukewarm salt water or antiseptic mouthwash and your gums will be no worse off.

However, what if you accidentally chewed on an object such as a pen or pencil, and a piece of it breaks off and becomes stuck? Even if you’re in discomfort, distress, or pain, remember to keep a level head. Our staff at Dr. Cynthia L. Skigen’s office would like to share a few tips on how to safely remove a foreign object or food particle which has become stuck in your gums.

— First, you should never attempt to use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object out of your gums. This could seriously injure your gums or even damage your teeth. If your gums are bleeding, rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water can help soothe injured gum tissues, as well as wash away blood and give you a better view of the situation.

— Next, find some waxed dental floss. The wax coating on the strand can help it slide in and around the object easily. Be sure not to force the floss into place, however, as it could injure your gums.

— If the waxed dental floss isn’t dislodging the object, you could try water flosser or oral water jet to loosen the object or other debris blocking you from direct access to the object.

If after all this you are still unable to remove the object from your gums, please call our experienced team in Jacksonville, Florida at 904-281-9988 to seek professional treatment.  Dr. Cynthia L. Skigen and our staff are always glad to help you maintain your healthy smile!