Food Stuck in Wisdom Tooth Hole is a Thing of the Past with These 5 Methods

Jul 30, 2023 | Blog

Food stuck in wisdom tooth hole? Your dentist will provide aftercare instructions for safe and fast recovery following your wisdom tooth extraction. However, even if you’re consuming soft foods, food particles might lodge in the empty socket. To prevent the complications this can bring, you should flush out the food debris.

We will mention effective methods to remove food stuck in wisdom teeth holes. Carry on reading to learn!

How to Get Rid of Food Stuck in Your Wisdom Tooth Hole?

When you feel something lodged in the empty socket, don’t attempt to remove it with your fingers or a sharp instrument — that will only dislocate the blood clot. You should try to contact your dentist about what to do. In case you can’t talk to the dentist, remove the food carefully using the right instructions. Here are some tips to get rid of the food stuck in your wisdom tooth hole:

1. Saltwater Rinse

Your dentist might advise you not to rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours after your wisdom tooth removal. Saltwater rinses can be pretty helpful if there’s food lodged in the extraction site; make sure not to swish the saline solution aggressively and don’t spit it out to prevent the blood clot from dislocating.

2. Syringe Filled With Warm Water

Another way to get rid of food stuck in your wisdom tooth socket is to take a syringe and fill it with lukewarm water. Then, point the syringe in the right direction to aim at the stuck food particle, which will slowly flush out, thanks to the gentle pressure.

3. Water Flosser

A water flosser is pretty helpful in dislodging the stuck food particle in your wisdom tooth hole, but you will need to ask your dentist before trying it. Generally, dentists recommend using the water flosser a few weeks following the surgical procedure after the site has healed. If the dentist allows it, use the water flosser on a low setting to remove the culprit. Make sure to direct the stream of water in a way it gets rid of the food particle without much trouble!

4. Herbal Tea

Did you know herbal tea is also pretty effective in removing food particles? A lukewarm herbal tea will work just like saltwater rinse, given that it has anti-inflammatory properties that also aid in recovery. You can opt for green tea, chamomile tea, and turmeric tea to ensure your wisdom tooth recovery is not compromised. Remember not to spit it out aggressively, and you will be all good!

5. Mouthwash

Just like water flossers, using mouthwash is not allowed after wisdom tooth extraction. Therefore, ask your dentist if it is safe for you to use. In case your dentist deems it okay, go with a mild mouthwash to rinse the socket carefully. Don’t wish or spit, and the mouthwash will help you get rid of the food stuck in the wisdom tooth hole.

What’s Next?

It is highly likely to have food stuck in your wisdom tooth hole, and you can get rid of it with the help of saltwater rinses, water flossers, herbal tea rinses, mouthwash, and a syringe filled with lukewarm water. To safely remove the food particle, talk to a credible dentist.

At Champions Dental, we have the solutions to your dental troubles. Dial (281) 866-0442 to call us for a healthy smile, or visit us at 13455 Cutten Rd. Suite 2g, Houston, TX, 77069.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 


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