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After having had your meal, if you find food articles sticking to your teeth, that do not rinse off easily - it is food lodgement. It will give you a gritty sensation between your teeth or an irritation in the gums. If food is getting lodged in the front teeth, it is an unpleasant and embarassing sight. 
What is food lodgement? 
Food gets lodged between teeth for mainly two reasons - dental cavities and advanced gum disease. With dental cavities, you will find food getting stuck at the same place again and again. In advanced gum disease, there is loss of the bone surrounding the teeth. This creates spaces between teeth where food gets lodged. 
Why is food getting lodged in my teeth? 
Dental cavities need to be filled with a dental filling material. If the cavities are deep, they may need root canal treatment (RCT). Gum disease requires gum treatments to prevent further progression of the disease. Gums that have already been lost will usually not grow back again into the spaces, but with surgical gum treatments and artificial bone graft materials food lodgement can be arrested. 
What is the solution? 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. Is it alright to use toothpicks to remove the food sticking between my teeth? - While you may use toothpicks occasionally when you are at a social gathering, regular use of tooth picks damages the gums and worsens the problem. 
  2. I brush after every meal to remove the food lodged between my teeth. Do I still need to see a dentist? - Prolonged food lodgement may lead to bad breath, bleeding gums, loose teeth, sensitivity in teeth and root infection. It is better to have the problem attended to before it becomes worse. 
  3. Food gets lodged underneath my dental crown and bridgework. How can I prevent it? - You may use an interdental toothbrush or special dental flosses designed to clean under the bridge. If the bridge is old, it is likely that there has been bone loss underneath it creating space for food lodgement. You need to get a dental checkup done to assess the requirement of a new bridge.