Your dentist might recommend wisdom tooth removal if your third molar is causing problems. During the recovery period, you can enjoy soft foods like mac and cheese, pudding, Jell-O, and more. But even soft food can get stuck in your wisdom tooth hole, especially if you’re not careful. If you find yourself in this situation, we’ll tell you how to remove the stuck food particles.
How to Avoid Food Getting Stuck in Wisdom Tooth Hole?
To avoid this situation altogether, you can practice these tips:
- Don’t chew on the side of the mouth with the extraction socket
- Rinse your mouth, preferably with salt water, when you’re done eating to dislodge bacteria and stuck food particles
- Go on a soft food diet, avoiding hard, crunchy, and chewy foods
- Avoid indulging in any activity that requires suction, like smoking or using a straw
Removing Food Stuck in Wisdom Tooth Hole
Remember that dislodging any food particle stuck in your wisdom tooth hole might disturb the blood clot, leading to a dry socket. So if you choose to get rid of it, do so carefully. Plus, don’t use your fingers, tongue, or sharp instrument to remove the food particle. To safely remove the particles stuck in your wisdom tooth socket, you can try these:
Avoid rinsing your mouth on the first day following the wisdom tooth removal surgery. But if food lodges in the socket after that, you can use a solution of a cup of warm water with a dash of salt to rinse. It will help remove the stuck food.
Keep in mind not to spit it out or swish the solution vigorously while rinsing.
A Syringe with Warm Water
You can use a syringe to direct the water flow into the socket from every angle. By doing so, you can remove the particles stuck in your extraction hole. Take a sterile syringe filled with warm water. Then, gently let the water flow and dislodge the food by holding the syringe next to the hole. If you don’t have a syringe, using your spray bottle works too.
First, consult your dentist on using a water flosser following the surgery, as they might suggest waiting a few weeks. Put the device in a gentle setting and aim the water stream in the direction of the stuck food particle; this might be able to remove it.
Herbal Tea Rinse
You can also use herbal tea like you would use salt water. Use a lukewarm herbal tea to dislodge the food stuck in your wisdom tooth hole. Be mindful not to swirl it aggressively. Some teas like chamomile, turmeric, and green tea also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Before trying this technique, check with your dentist about using mouthwash. Also, don’t go for a mouthwash rinse in the first 24 hours after surgery. Use a mild mouthwash to rinse the area to dislodge the food particle. Sometimes, oral surgeons also recommend a germicidal mouthwash to kill bacteria. Remember to be gentle while wishing the mouthwash and don’t spit it.
Wisdom teeth removal aftercare involves eating soft foods. But, sometimes, food gets stuck in the wisdom tooth hole. You can use various techniques to remove it but ask your dentist first. Our team at Village Park Family Dental can help. Dial (281) 376-4444 to schedule an appointment now.