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Doctor insights on: How Do You Get Dental Floss Out If Stuck Between Two Of Your Teeth

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Is it really important to floss? I am a vegetarian and never get food particles stuck between my teeth. Also, I live in a small town and our only supermarket doesn't even sell dental floss.

Is it really important to floss? I am a vegetarian and never get food particles stuck between my teeth. Also, I live in a small town and our only supermarket doesn't even sell dental floss.

Absolutely: Flossing is essential to removing food debris and plaque from between your teeth. That is true whether you are carnivorous or a vegetarian. Without flossing, you will probably develop cavities between your teeth over time. Perhaps you've just been lucky so far. You can ask your pharmacy to order floss (and help out the rest of your community) or order it online, or you can risk the consequences. ...Read more

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I'm interested to know what happens when you get dental floss stuck in your gums?

I'm interested to know what happens when you get dental floss stuck in your gums?

DEPENDS....: In many cases you can remove it by using another floss, knotted and pulled through, but in some cases (like when you have deeper pockets and thicker gums around your teeth) you can even cause the piece go in deeper inside. This may cause an inflammation and tenderness due to foreign body reaction. See your dentist to check it out. ...Read more

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I found information about dental floss from two different sources that disagree. What should I do?

I found information about dental floss from two different sources that disagree. What should I do?

Floss daily: Dental floss should not be controversial. Floss at least once daily. When you floss, don't just snap it in and out. You use the floss to go under your gum line and "scrape" the surface of your teeth clean, where your tooth brush does not reach. It truly is the single most effective thing you can do to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. ...Read more

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Can the dental floss push the food particle farther into the gums until it's no longer possible to get the food particle out unless the gum is lifted?

Can the dental floss push the food particle farther into the gums until it's no longer possible to get the food particle out unless the gum is lifted?

Yes: This can happen, but not common. If you are having pain in the gum and it feels that something is in there, try gargling several times daily with luke warm water to help loosen it. If that does not work, then see your dentist for help! ...Read more

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What can you have a little piece of dental floss stuck in your teeth?

What can you have a little piece of dental floss stuck in your teeth?

Try........: Hopefully you should be able to work it out with a new piece of dental floss, preferably waxed or dental tape. If you still have a problem you will have to see a dentist to ensure that it is all out and you don't have a broken filling, decay, or a rough margin on the filling. ...Read more

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How to use dental floss? I find it hard to use because it slips out between my teeth, or doesn't fit between others. My teeth are not in great shape. Is there something else I can use? .

How to use dental floss? I find it hard to use because it slips out between my teeth, or doesn't fit between others. My teeth are not in great shape. Is there something else I can use? .

There: There are lots of different types of floss. Try different brands, types and flavors until you find one you like. Typically if your teeth are very tight then one that glides or are shred resistant would work best. If you have wider spaces you can use braided or woven floss. I recommend ones with Fluoride in them to patients that are more cavities prone. The ones with holders are okay too but more expensive and patients sometimes hurt their tender gums on the plastic edges. The important part is getting in between the teeth where your toothbrush does not fit but plenty of bacteria can. ...Read more

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Is it best to use dental floss or brush your teeth first?

Is it best to use dental floss or brush your teeth first?

Wash, then Detail: When you wash your car, what do you do? You wash the majority of dirt off, then you dry it, then you detail it, right? Think the same thing for your teeth/mouth: brush everything, then go back in and get in all the nooks-and-cranies by flossing. When you're done flossing rinse everything our with scope, listerine, or whatever else you may like to use. Either way, do them both everyday! ...Read more

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Docs can you explain, is there a way to straighten your teeth using dental floss?

Docs can you explain, is there a way to straighten your teeth using dental floss?

Impossible Task: If you want your teeth straightened, the best option is always to see an orthodontist and get braces or other orthodontic modalities. ...Read more

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Do I use dental floss before brushing my teeth or the opposite?

Do I use dental floss before brushing my teeth or the opposite?

Personal preference: Proper flossing does the main work of removing plaque. It is a matter of personal preference, but I suggest that patients floss first, then brush. This way you remove the residual plaque with the brush and the entire exposed surface of your teeth contact the Fluoride toothpaste. The important point is to brush twice daily and floss once daily at minimum. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about jaw surgery and then I heard about using dental floss to straighten your teeth, does any of this work?

Can you tell me about jaw surgery and then I heard about using dental floss to straighten your teeth, does any of this work?

Absurd: Orthognathic surgery is required in certain circumstances to correct skeletal deformities. Dental floss cannot straighten teeth. If you have a malocclusion, find a well trained and competent orthodontist for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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Can too much dental floss cause damage on gums?

Can too much dental floss cause damage on gums?

No if done correctly: Most people snap the floss between their teeth to fling out food particles. This is not flossing! to floss look in a mirror with your eyes open ; carefully saw between the teeth contacting areas. Carefully, curve the floss to follow the contour of the back wall of the tooth and carry it down until there is resistance then bring it up but not through the contact and do same the approximating wall. ...Read more

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Is dental floss more effective than an interdental brush?

Is dental floss more effective than an interdental brush?

Different tools: An interdental brush will clean the space between the teeth that is near the gumline, where the teeth do not touch. Floss cleans the contact point where two adjacent teeth touch, a spot where the brush does not fit. ...Read more

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Does fluoride dental floss really have fluoride and better than regular dental floss?

Does fluoride dental floss really have fluoride and better than regular dental floss?

Dental floss: Fluoride dental floss may be a better option than regular dental floss because Fluoride is able to be applied directly in between those hard to reach places. There is not enough information to determine if it gives your mouth a significant benefit over just flossing with flioride free floss. Flossing period is the real issue. Floss at least twice daily. ...Read more

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I'm interested to know what happens when a strand of dental floss gets inside your gums?

Gum inflames: As with anything, a piece of floss is a foreign body and will cause foreign body reaction, or inflammation, when trapped inside your gum. The swollen gum will help to ease the removal or falling out of the floss and the situation will resolve on its own. Brush the area thoroughly, then schedule with your dentiist to follow up if the area still bleeds after couple days. Usually it will resolve. ...Read more

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My friend donated candy, inside it was dental floss. Should I be worried about the germs?

No: Dental floss works as a mechanical cleaning, not chemical cleaning... Secondly, with good flossing technique, there should be no injury to gingival tissue (such as stillman's cleft)... Finally, this is from your friend right? ...Read more

Flossing (Definition)

Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where gingivitis and ...Read more


Dental Floss (Definition)

Is is a thread used to clean biofilm out the space between teeth. It is available in ...Read more