How to Get Something Out of Your Gums

It’s easy for us to take our teeth for granted until we hit a snag in one or more of them, but if you’ve ever experienced tooth pain or sensitivity, then the chances are good that you know exactly what we are talking about.

How to Get Something Out of Your Gums

If you have ever noticed that your gums are inflamed, they may be infected. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that there is a way to get something out of your gums without going to the dentist. This article will provide you with all the information you need on how to get something out of your gums at home. 

10 Ways on How to Get Something Out of Your Gums:

1. Use Your Toothbrush:

If it’s small, you could try using a toothbrush to pull out the object. First, brush your teeth as normal. When you’re done, firmly grasp your toothbrush and place the head’s bristles on the gum next to the affected area. Gently wiggle until you feel a small gap between gum and object. Then use the toothbrush to pry it out gently.

2. Use a Floss Threader:

Use a floss threader, which is simply a piece of plastic with a loop on one end and a very thin metal or plastic piece running through the rest of it. Gently place this between your gums and the object to be removed, then tug on the handle to extract it.

3. Rubber Band:

Place a rubber band around your finger and rub it gently over the gum until you feel the object. Then use gentle tweezers to pull out the thing with a steady hand, making sure not to injure yourself in the process.

4. Get Dental Floss:

Take a piece of floss and place it between the gum and whatever is stuck in there. Then, using your thumb and forefinger, gently push down on both sides of the object until it pops out. Be careful not to hurt yourself while doing this.

Take a Piece of Floss Between the Gum

5. Glue Scraper:

If you have a glue scraper, use it to pull out the stuck object. Place one end of the tool on your gum area and slowly work it under the thing that is stuck in there. Gently lift upwards until it unsticks itself, then remove everything safely.

6. Pour Salt in Your Mouth:

Pour salt in your mouth, leaving it there for a few seconds, and then use the edge of a metal spoon to remove the object. Salt will draw out the moisture from anything stuck in your gums, making it easier to dislodge.

7. Get a Tweezer:

Using a tweezer as much as possible is perhaps the most effective way to get something out of your gums. Simply place the tweezer underneath the object and move it around until you are able to pull it out with a steady hand gently.

8. Use Your Fingers:

It is possible to use your fingers to remove the object. Gently push down on both sides of it until you feel pressure, and then pull outwards slowly to see if it will come loose. Be careful here as well!

9. Use a Waterpik:

A Waterpik is a device that looks like a small shower head. Fill it with lukewarm or cool water, put it over the object that’s caught in your gums, and then let loose with some pressurized bursts of water until you feel the object come loose.

10. Try Oil of Cloves:

Oil of cloves is helpful when it comes to removing things like nails or needles from your gums. Simply swish some in your mouth for 5-10 minutes, then spit it out and let the oil work its magic. The object will come out on its own, making the process easier than you thought!

Oil of Cloves Is Helpful to Removing Things

You Can Check It Out to Get a Fingernail Out of Your Gums

Some Tips and Suggestions:

  1. If you get something stuck in your gum, don’t freak out. You can get it out!
  2. Be calm and collected to maneuver the object out of your gums properly. Panicking will only make it more difficult.
  3. Remember that if you’re having difficulty removing the object (usually a piece of food), your dentist is on-hand to help you, especially if the thing has been stuck in your gums for some time.
  4. If you can’t get it out on your own or with help, go to the dentist. This is because once food gets stuck in your gum, it can cause bad odors and lead to infection.
  5. Don’t use makeshift tools to remove the object. For example, don’t try using your toothbrush (especially if it has hard bristles) because you could scratch your gums!
  6. If you think something is stuck in between your teeth but aren’t entirely sure, there are ways to check that don’t involve putting your fingers into your mouth. For example, you can use dental floss or your toothpick-of-choice to check.
  7. If you find that an object is stuck in between two teeth, do not try to force it out with a tool that has very sharp edges (like the point of a pencil). This will most likely lead to bleeding and discomfort.

Precautions and Safety Measures:

  1. If possible, do not let the object you want to extract be under a tooth. Flossing and brushing should happen first before attempting to extract an object from your gum. Failure to do so can lead to damage and infection around your gumline.
  2. Use tweezers with plastic covers on them as they are less likely to cause damage to your gum.
  3. Do not pressure your gums as it will cause pain and damage the already inflamed area.
  4. If you feel pain or discomfort while attempting extraction, immediately stop and seek professional help from a healthcare provider. You may have further damage around your gumline that should be treated immediately.
  5. If you have a history of heart problems or other medical conditions, consult your physician first before attempting to extract an object from your gum, as certain medical conditions may give you other symptoms that should be addressed.


When you have something stuck in your gums, it can be highly uncomfortable. You may not know how to get it out and might resort to drastic measures like pulling at the object or yanking on your tooth with pliers. So we have already shown you how to get something out of your gums without causing any damage!  The first step to removing a small object from your gum is to probe the area with your fingertip gently.

You should be able to feel the edges of the object and then use both thumbs, pressing on either side of it as you pull outwards in opposite directions. This should cause it to dislodge so that you can remove it by hand or reach for dental floss if need be. Now that we’ve shown you this easy technique for removing items from between teeth, hopefully, you’ll think before trying anything next time.

Jennifer Branett
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