What Do You Do If You Get Something Stuck Between Your Teeth?

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People get food stuck in and between their teeth all the time. Most of the time it is not a malfunction to get the food unstuck with floss or a toothbrush and move on with your day. However, once in a while there is a pesky piece of food that seems impossible to get out of your teeth. So, what do you do if this is the case?

Sometimes, depending on the food that is stuck between your teeth and where the food is stuck, it can be dangerous and possibly damaging to your teeth to remove it on your own. Remember that you do not need to do everything yourself, and it is okay and oftentimes safer to seek professional help.

In fact, Dr. Kernagis at Your Time Dental Urgent Care is available to help you when something is stuck between your teeth and is too challenging or dangerous to get out on your own. An urgent care dentist can carefully and safely remove the piece of food that is stuck and causing irritation or discomfort.

When to seek professional dental care to get food unstuck from between your teeth: 

It is important to seek care from a dentist if the food stuck between your teeth causes you pain. Also, if you get food stuck deep between your teeth, in your gums, or in a hard-to-reach location like the back teeth it is wise to see a dentist for help.

Trying to take action and fix the issue on your own in any of these settings can lead to consequences. For example, if a piece of food gets stuck in the gums and you accidentally push it farther in, making it harder to get out, you may cause your gums to get infected.

This happened to 41-year-old firefighter Adam Martin in January of 2020. Martin got a popcorn kernel stuck between his teeth that he continuously poked at and tried to get unstuck for months. The constant prodding with random sharp objects led to a potentially fatal blood infection that required open-heart surgery to treat. After the surgery, Martin said, “If I had gone to the dentist in the first place, then none of this would have happened.”

Possible consequences of trying to remove food from between your teeth on your own:

  1. Puncturing and/or infecting the gums
  2. Breaking or cracking the teeth
  3. Creating pain
  4. Causing existing pain to worsen

In conclusion, if you get food stuck between your teeth that does not easily come out by using floss or brushing your teeth you should take caution and seek professional dental help. It is much better to have a dentist safely remove the food than to try to do it yourself and end up in more pain or with an infection.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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Emergency Dental Care for Tooth Injuries in Gibsonton

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Trauma to the face and teeth can be caused by many accidents. Accidents to the teeth often transpire during sports competitions, outdoor recreation, and auto accidents. They can also happen in non-traumatic situations such as when you bite down hard on an unpopped popcorn kernel or peach pit.

It is helpful to know if emergency dental care is required after an injury to the mouth or face. This will ensure your family members’ teeth are taken care of. Knowing these guidelines could save you an expensive trip to the emergency room.

Tooth pain

Any time you have extensive tooth pain due to the injury you should call for an emergency appointment. Pain can indicate underlying damage and needs to be attended to immediately.

A misaligned or loose tooth

A tooth that is loose or misaligned must be dealt with urgently. The dentist can use a splinting method to stabilize or realign the tooth. This allows time for the tooth and surrounding tissue and bone to heal and become firmly-rooted again.

Knocked-out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is an emergency that requires instant attention. If the tooth (and patient) is taken to the dentist very quickly it can often be reinserted and saved. This requires quick action. You should hold the tooth from the crown and avoid any roots. The tooth must be cleaned gently. Then the tooth should be reinserted and held carefully in the socket.

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we treat the dental problems discussed here plus:

  • Lost filling
  • Cracked tooth
  • Broken crown
  • Abscess

We also serve you with a wide range of general and specialty dental services. These include root canals and CEREC same-day restorations.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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