Tips and tricks
If you seem to get food stuck in your teeth all the time, there might be a cause. You could have a gap or space between your teeth, or possibly a cavity that food is getting stuck in. Another possibility is periodontitis, which can cause pockets in the gums in which food can get caught. If this is a chronic issue, talk to your dentist to get treatment.
No matter what you're eating, as long as you are prepared with some gum, floss or just avoiding the worst foods for getting stuck, you'll be set to smile with confidence.
- Swish water around your mouth to loosen up food particles. You can do this discreetly during a meal or at a social event without anyone knowing.
- Chew sugar-free gum to help unstick any stubborn food pieces. Plus, it'll freshen up your breath.
- Keep floss with you. Just excuse yourself to the restroom and do a quick smile check — floss will be your best friend in getting embarrassing or painful food pieces out of your teeth.
- Can't get it out? Don't panic! Your dentist can help. You won't be the first person to call for an emergency appointment to get a poppy seed out of a crevice, so don't be shy.