Food Stuck in Your Gums or Teeth? Here’s What to Do

Oct 19, 2022

Everyone is familiar with the discomfort that comes from having food stuck in-between your teeth or gumline. On one level, stuck food, especially near the front of the mouth, looks quite ridiculous in social situations and can even embarrass individuals enough to refrain from showing their smile. However, beyond this simple annoyance, food particles that remain stuck in your mouth can eventually turn into plaque, and then form into harmful tartar. This plaque and tartar will lead to bacterial decay, which often creates numerous dental health problems such as cavities and gum disease. To avoid potential oral issues such as these, let’s explore which specific foods are most likely to get stuck in-between your gums and teeth, and how to remove such particles upon eating these foods.

Some Foods Require Additional Flossing

Whether it’s the way these particles are shaped, their texture, or a host of other reasons, certain foods are known to wedge themselves between your teeth and gums. Many of these particles can stay there for days, or even weeks, just waiting to be flossed out. The following are foods that have gained a reputation to necessitate flossing directly after eating:

  • Popcorn: The most infamous food known for getting stuck in your teeth. While it’s usually pieces of kernel that can wedge in-between your gums, be sure to remove these pieces carefully as they can actually cut your gums.
  • Potato Chips: Potatoes, which are really just starchy vegetables, in their processed form are notorious for getting stuck in people’s teeth. In fact, most foods composed of simple starches are commonly known to stick to teeth, so make sure to eat these foods sparingly.
  • Spinach: Spinach contains calcium, iron, protein, and an assortment of vitamins, all of which are excellent for your oral health. However, spinach has an sticky reputation of wedging small particles in-between crevasses across your mouth, leaving an embarrassing visual aftermath.
  • Meat: Steak, in particular, almost inevitably will tend to lodge it’s thin strands deep in-between your teeth.
  • Crackers: Interestingly enough, crackers are actually the top cavity-causing foods. Be sure to carefully remove crackers, and any other type of grains, from your mouth before it causes bad breath.

In addition to these, other food particles that poses a threat to your oral health are corn, raspberries, mangos, celery, toffee, caramel, broccoli, shredded greens, and any variety of sugary foods.

How to Dislodge Food from Gums or Teeth

It’s impossible to avoid eating all of the aforementioned foods, they’re just too delicious! So, in the inevitable case that food gets stuck in-between your gums or teeth, there’s numerous ways to avoid the risk of deteriorating gum health. Let’s explore some effective methods to removing foods particles stuck in your mouth:

  • Flossing: The singular most effective way to remove food from in-between gums and teeth. Floss was created for this specific purpose as it can move between close spaces in your mouth and remove any particles or debris wedged in there. Additionally, GumChucks provides the ability to make flossing faster and easier than ever before due to its two independent handles giving you more control. With GumChucks, it’s easy to put the floss right where you want it and extract that pesky food particle.
  • Rinse with Salt Water: Swishing salt water with a strong force around your mouth for 30 seconds will help some of those lodged food bits to loosen free. On top of this, if your mouth is bleeding upon flossing, rinsing with salt water can help eliminate blood, soothe your gums, and provide a view of that food particle stuck in-between your gums or teeth.
  • Brush Your Teeth: As it may seem like an obvious tip, dentists never cease to have to remind the public to brush their teeth twice per day. The soft bristles of a toothbrush can be just the thing to push our pieces of stuck food from your gums or teeth.

While these tips will help remove the majority of food particles, there is the rare occasion where a dentist may need to intervene. Uncommonly, an emergency dentist removal procedure is necessary to carefully examine and remove lodged food from in-between people’s teeth or gums. Although simply flossing will work for a vast majority of these cases.

GumChucks to Maintain Proper Gum Health

Flossing is the most effective way to remove food particles from between your teeth, flossing regularly also helps keep tartar out of hard-to-reach places. GumChucks’ design ensures a flossing experience that’s faster, easier, and more effective than competing flossers or traditional floss. Our two handles with disposable floss allow you to comfortably reach all your teeth, even those in the back while wrapping the floss around each tooth. This creates the vital “C-Shape” necessary to get below the gum line and effectively clean each tooth.


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