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Your gums enshroud the base of your teeth and protect the roots from having direct bacterial exposure. They also serve as a gentle pad between the underlying bone structure of your mouth and the foods you eat. While it’s rare, there are times when things, like a hard meat fiber, seed or popcorn hull, can get trapped in the gumline. This could be even more serious if you have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects like pencils and pens.

In a situation like this, Dr. Ngocmai D. Nguyen offers these key insights to safely remove the object from your gums.

To start, you should never attempt to use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object loose. This could injure your gums or even damage your teeth.

Waxed dental floss is the first thing you should reach for to try to remove an object that is stuck in the gumline. The waxy coating allows the strand to slide easier between teeth to work around the foreign object. You should never force the floss into place as it could seriously injure your gums.

If you can’t loosen it with dental floss, you could try using a dental fountain or oral water jet. If your gums are irritated, you could try to rinse with lukewarm saltwater. This can also help loosen the food particle while soothing the gums.

If you need something professionally extracted from your gumline, you can always call 281-376-1101 to schedule an appointment at Forestwood Dental. Your dentist in Spring, Texas, is happy to help you.