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The minute spaces between your teeth provide a rich breeding area for oral bacterial to exploit stray food particles. This can result in a buildup of plaque acids and tartar, which could have a significant negative effect on your oral health.

There are also times when you bite down on a tough piece of food and fragment gets stubbornly stuck between your teeth. When this happens, a vigorous rinse with a little bit of salt water might help to dislodge the object from between your teeth. Even if this fails to extricate the piece of food, the rinse might wash away lingering food debris to give you a better look at the problem.

You should never try to pry the item out with a toothpick or some other a sharp, pointed tool. This could injure your gums or potentially chip a tooth.

Gently working some waxed dental floss into the area might help loosen the trapped food particle. The waxy coating on the floss allows the strand to slide comfortably into the space between the two teeth. You should never force the strand of dental floss into place, as it could seriously injure your gums.

If your best efforts fail to remove the item, you should seek professional intervention from a dentist like Dr. Catherine Boenitz and the staff specialists at Bee Family Dentistry’s clinic in San Antonio, Texas.