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Removing Something from Under the Gum

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HealthWiki > Where There Is No Dentist > Chapter 8: Scaling Teeth > Removing Something from Under the Gum

If the gum between two teeth is red and swollen, something may be caught inside the gum pocket. Ask what the person has been eating. The object may be a fish bone, mango string, or a sharp piece of tartar.

First try to feel the object with your probe. Then remove it using a scaler or a piece of strong thread.

Use the rounded-tip scaler in the same way as you would to remove tartar.

Feel the object, go under it gently, and then lift it out.
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Tie a knot in a piece of thread. Then slide the thread between 2 teeth.

However, do not move the thread up and down. Instead, pull it and the knot out the side. The knot can pull the object out with it.

If the gum has grown into a kind of tumor (epulis), an experienced dental worker should cut it away.

This page was updated:19 Feb 2018