A member asked:

How do you get dental floss out if stuck between two of your teeth?

12 doctors weighed in across 5 answers
Dr. Peter Kurzweil answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Gently.......: Gently raise up, when stuck, gently pull toward one of the two teeth, then gently downward. You should then be able to pull string out because there is a space at the base of the tooth near the gum and often no space where teeth meet at the biting edge. If doesn't do the trick, gently rinse and swish around with warm salt water, let it sit for a while & try again.Tug up a bit harder this time.

Answered 11/15/2020


Dr. Stephen Carstensen answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Tough one!: First of all, congratulations for flossing! thinking about why it got so stuck there's probably something wrong with a filling or crown on one of those teeth, and the floss is jammed under an edge that's not supposed to allow that. You may need to have a dentist or hygienist clear this for you. In the meantime, use another kind of floss - maybe waxed - to try again.

Answered 8/26/2015


Dr. Eyal Simchi answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Carefullly: Carefully slide the floss downwards and pull outwards gently. If you are using floss piks that don not allow for easy removal that way you may have to carefull snip the floss with a scissors to remove it. Have the area looked at by your dentist to see why the floss is getting stuck.

Answered 5/16/2016


Dr. Stephen Gordon answered

Specializes in

Pull out : Pull it gently out toward your cheek instead of pulling it up (if it is stuck between lower teeth) or down (if it is stuck between upper teeth). Consider waxed floss and if this is a constant problem, see you dentist as you may have a cavity or defective dental restoration.

Answered 11/27/2017


Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Options...: Some options to dislodging a stuck piece of floss- another piece of floss, toothpick or actually getting back to dentist or dental hygienist. Should not be left in there.

Answered 12/12/2019



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