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If you have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects, like pencils and pens, or biting your nails, you are putting your oral health at risk. One of the more common yet inconvenient problems that can occur is for a piece of the object to break off and become stuck between two of your teeth or lodged in the gumline.

To help you remove the offending object safely, our team in Dallas, Texas, offer the following insights.

The first thing to try is a vigorous rinse of the area with lukewarm saltwater. This might help dislodge the object on its own. This could also help wash away any debris, detritus, or lingering blood to give you a better look at the problem.

You should never use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object loose. This could injure your gums or even chip a tooth.

Waxed dental floss is the ideal tool for clearing the object from between your teeth. 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. A floss threader loaded with waxed floss might also help you work at the object from a different position.

If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you are struggling to remove something from your teeth or gums, you should call 972.616.0060 to schedule an appointment at Smiley Dental Buckner.