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

what to do if something is stuck between your teeth La Mesa

Ever get something stuck between your teeth? Of course you have. At best, something stuck between your teeth is bothersome, especially if it takes a long time to remove it. At worst, it is painful, and a situation that requires professional attention, like what we provide at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA.

Some people have narrow and tight spaces between their teeth. They seem more susceptible to getting things wedged in there. It can cause pressure and discomfort, and even pain.

Before you head to our office, there are some things you can try at home to dislodge what you have stuck between your teeth.


  • It may be tempting, and it may even seem like it would work. But never use a sharp object to try to pry out something stuck between your teeth. Repeat, never. That includes toothpicks. You run the risk of damaging your gums, or even your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth out vigorously. Use lukewarm saltwater. You may need to repeat several times, but this is often enough to loosen whatever is stuck.
  • Dental floss, especially waxed, is excellent for getting things from between teeth. Waxed floss slides easily into tight spaces. If it won’t go in, do not force it. Floss picks with tight strands of floss are useful. Also useful is tying a tiny knot into the floss, to snag the object and free it. But again, never force things.

If these methods don’t work, give us a call. At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa CA, we have the tools and skills to help you out. We specialize in general and restorative dentistry, and have helped patients from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee. Contact us today!

Contact Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental:


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8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California


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