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If you have bad habits like chewing on your fingernails, pens, pencils and other objects, there is a decent chance that a fragment of one of these foreign objects to break off and get stuck in your gums. At the same time simple foods like popcorn hulls, meat fibers, seeds and fruit peels can also cause a problem.

If you do have a foreign object or a piece of food get stuck in your gum line, it’s important to stay calm. Pointed tools and toothpicks to try to pry it loose. The last thing you want to do is injure your gums or damage the enamel at the base of your teeth.

Wax coated dental floss, should be the first thing you reach for. The waxy coating allows the floss to slip easily between your teeth to be worked around the foreign object. Try not to snap the floss into place, as this could injury your gums and cause further problems. A floss threader with wax coated floss can also be handy for working at the object from a different position.

Sometimes vigorously rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water can help loosen or change the object’s position. A dental fountain or oral water jet can also help work around the object without injuring your gums.

If you still can’t easily remove the object you should call Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci at 610-678-5858 for advice or to schedule an appointment for fast resolution.