If you’ve ever had food stuck in gums, you know how uncomfortable it can be. You can feel it there, even when your mouth isn’t open, and the sensation drives you nuts! If this has happened to you, don’t worry; there are ways to get that food out of your mouth, no matter what kind of food it is or how stuck it might be in there. This guide will show you several methods for getting food out of your gums, all with different degrees of difficulty. Hopefully one of them will work for you!
Is it food in your gum?
If it’s food stuck in your gum, don’t panic. It can be removed with an oral irrigation device or by a dental professional during a routine cleaning (whichever is faster). However, if there is any bleeding or an infection associated with it, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. They will then be able to properly clean out and assess your mouth for any other problems that may have occurred. Any infection will be treated before removing anything from your gums, but once everything has been taken care of and you are free of any trauma and pain, it’s time to proceed with getting whatever is stuck out.
Ways to get food out of your mouth
The best thing you can do if food is stuck in your gums is not panic, but first use a toothpick or dental floss or tweezers and gently work at it. If none of these methods work, ask your dentist. Gum chewing gum helps food dislodge from between teeth so that’s another alternative. In case food gets lodged between back teeth, avoid forcing anything down since doing so will lead to serious damage. This will prevent food particles from being pushed further into your gum tissue which are then harder to remove with just some brushing or simply eating more. To prevent a similar incident in future, avoid sticky foods such as caramel candy apples; they tend to stay longer than other types of candy. Also steer clear of foods like peanut butter and marshmallows because they’re hard to chew thoroughly before swallowing. Take smaller bites and be sure to brush after every meal even if there’s no food sticking around! 🙂 Good luck!
Try Water Flossing
Although your dentist’s office will probably be able to help you remove food stuck in your gums, there are several things you can do on your own at home. For example, flossing regularly and using water flossers can prevent food from getting trapped between teeth and help dislodge anything that is already lodged. You can get a simple water flosser at most major drugstores for around $30-$40. It might seem counterintuitive, but trying to brush or rinse out food lodged between teeth may actually push it deeper into your gums where it will stay longer; using a water flosser after brushing (and before eating) is a good way to ensure that any food particles are flushed away.
Try a Toothpick First
Some food gets stuck between your teeth for seemingly no reason at all. But that’s not always true: Dental problems, including gum disease and tooth decay, can lead to food getting stuck between your teeth or underneath your gums. While brushing and flossing help reduce these risks, there may come a time when you find yourself with some food stuck in your gums—whether it be in a particular spot or throughout your mouth. Fortunately, there are several ways you can attempt to remove it at home. Here are a few things you can try.
Best Way to Remove Food from Gum
The best way to remove food stuck in gum is by irrigating it out. Irrigation means gently cleaning or rinsing with water, so irrigating your gum will work better than scraping with a toothbrush because you won’t be abrading or damaging your gums when you do it. It’s crucial that you not try to use sharp objects like tweezers or needles, as these can damage your gum tissue and create pockets for more food or bacteria to get trapped. If you have dentures, leave them out of your mouth before doing anything else; if food gets lodged underneath them, removing it will only be harder later on. Also important: avoid using mouthwash during irrigation.
If All Else Fails, See Your Dentist
This is a last resort, of course, but if you don’t have tweezers or any other implements on hand, and it’s been hours and you can’t sleep because your gum is aching, then it might be time to head over to your dentist. Not only will he or she have tools for safely extracting food from your gums—they might even know how to help you avoid getting food stuck there in the first place. Some foods are more likely than others for leaving behind nooks and crannies that trap tiny pieces after mastication. Stick with softer foods like mashed potatoes and smoothies; try chewing thoroughly; use utensils whenever possible; rinse with mouthwash after meals.