Why Do I Keep Getting Food Stuck in My Teeth?

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Chowing down on some delicious food always feels like a little slice of heaven on Earth. But what to do when your meal ends up stuck in your teeth? If you keep finding food between your teeth after eating, there are a few reasons that could be happening.

Before we jump in, it always pays to discuss any dental issues you’re having with your dentist. If you need to schedule an appointment or would like more information about the dental services offered by the team at Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, contact us below or call us at 1-877-526-3337.

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Why is Food Stuck in My Teeth?

Often referred to as a food trap, food can become stuck between your teeth when your gums pull away from your teeth, creating a space. Some people also refer to this as a “black triangle” due to the shape of the open area.

Tooth decay is another reason you may have food stuck, since decay between teeth is a common spot for cavities.

Gum disease is yet another rare, but possible, cause of having food stuck in your teeth. Don’t wait to get treatment, as gum disease can contribute to receding gums and cause problems for the tooth’s attachment to bone.

How Can I Keep Food from Getting Stuck Between My Teeth?

Be sure to floss regularly, and check your technique. You don’t want to push food remnants further into your gums! Always use a fresh piece of floss, and if you use double-ended flossers, throw them out after each use.

You can also use a salt water solution as an at-home remedy that will help remove food particles. Are you out in public? Odds are you can find a toothpick to remove any food debris from between your teeth. Whatever you do, be sure to follow up with good dental hygiene.

I Can’t Get Food Out of My Teeth – What Should I Do?

If regular flossing and brushing does not remove food particles, call your Lane dentist’s office. Your hygienist and dentist have the tools they need to extract hard-to-reach remnants.


What Else Can I Do?

When you meet with your dentist, ask about why you’re experiencing this problem regularly. They will probably do an exam to check for cavities and gum disease, but you can also ask them about misaligned teeth or inconsistent spacing in your mouth. In the end, your dentist will be able to suggest the best approach for correcting your dental issue.

Can I Schedule an Appointment?

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with the team at Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, contact us here on our website! You can also call us at 1-877-526-3337 for more information. We have twenty-seven offices, which makes it easy for you to find a location that fits in with your schedule, and we accept a wide variety of insurance plans. Here at Lane & Associates, we love to make you smile! Get in touch today and let us help give you the smile you deserve.