Besides Flossing, How Can You Get Items Out from Between Your Teeth?
Posted on 9/13/2018 by Alyce
You have probably heard that flossing is essential for your oral health and you should do it at least once a day. The main reason for flossing is that you can get to those hard to reach places where food gets stuck between your teeth. Even electric brushes will fail to reach those spots.
Not flossing will put you at higher risk for cavities and gum disease. So, what other things can you do besides flossing to get items out from between your teeth?
Food Gets Stuck Between Your Teeth. What Can You Do?
You may be thinking you can use a toothpick or even a knife (gasp!) if you have a stubborn piece of food that doesn't want to move, stuck between your teeth while out and about, it can be a problem. It is a good idea to carry certain basics with you. Doing this works when you don't have access to a toothbrush and toothpaste or floss, for that matter.
Taking a sip of water and rinsing vigorously
Carry floss with you
Use a water pick to remove pieces of food
Chew on certain fruits like apples or carrots
Chew on sugarless gum
Use a toothpick
According to a survey of about 1,000 people, 61-percent of those questioned said they use their fingernails to get food pieces out from between their teeth, 21-percent said they folded a paper, 21-percent will use a knife or fork, and 7-percent take a piece of hair. These may be creative ways to get food out of your mouth, but some, like using kitchen utensils are not safe and could damage your teeth and gums.
If pieces of food regularly get stuck between your teeth, you can be prepared by carrying sugarless gum and even floss with you when out and about. A water pick is a great item to invest in because it gets those stubborn items out from between your teeth and can improve your oral health when used daily.
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