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

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dr. Stephen Gordon
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Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dentistry - Pediatric

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dr. Eyal Simchi
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stephen Carstensen
Dr. Stephen Carstensen
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