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Q. What happens when something gets stuck in between teeth?

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 02, 2015 and last reviewed on: Feb 18, 2019

Hi doctor,

I have a doubt regarding some general facts. Please explain the following elaborately. Is it fine to pluck out a gray hair? What happens when something gets stuck in between teeth for several days? What is the effect of teeth chatter? What is the growling of the stomach? When does the ear pop? Please explain.

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When we pluck out a hair, we feel a slight sharp pain at that point of time. The hair usually breaks along with its follicle, thus that space remains hairless in the future. But if the hair breaks in between with its follicle intact, then the hair will regrow.

When food gets stuck in between teeth for many days, the primary problem is the discomfort for one or two days. Then followed by the food particle gets decomposed causing bacteria formation which then causes initiation of caries from sides of both teeth due to acid production. You must pay attention to such a decayed tooth.

When our teeth chatter, there is not much discomfort or other problems. But it can cause attrition of incisal edges and sensitivity in the long-term.

Our stomach growls when our stomach is empty, thus acid production irritates the stomach walls and gas is formed. This growling is called hunger pangs. It is a physiological method by which the body lets the mind know about the need for food immediately.

Our ears pop when there is a pressure change in the atmosphere. For example, when we go to a higher altitude, the eardrum adjusts to the external pressure by changing its position slightly. This helps in creating an equal pressure both inside the ear canal and outside. This maintains our body balance and helps in standing erect.


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