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Chewing on pens and pencils can do more than increase your risk of chipping a tooth. Sometimes a small piece of a foreign object can break off and become lodged in your gumline and damage the tissue.

When this happens, the pain and discomfort can be significant, however, there are steps you can take to remedy the situation. You should never attempt to use pointed object like a toothpick to dislodge the object from your gums, since it could cause further damage.

Waxed dental floss might be able to remove a foreign object lodged in your gumline. The special coating on the dental floss allows the strand to glide easily between your teeth. It’s important that you don’t force the floss or try to snap it in place as it could be painful and harmful.

If you have a water flosser, it might be able to flush the object out of your gumline, or from between your teeth. If none of these options work, you should call Miller Family Dental in Houston, Texas at 281.225.4966 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Miller.