Do you have weird-colored mucus appearing from the wisdom teeth extraction hole? If your mucus is yellow, green, or any other unnatural color, you are most likely affected by some kind of bacterial infection. When you have a tooth extracted, your mouth becomes more vulnerable to bacterial or even viral infections because the inner structure (e.g. nerves, blood vessels) become more exposed to the open air. In this article, we review what the colors signify and ways you can prevent or have the green mucus treated.
Cause of green mucus
So where does the green mucus or saliva come from? When your body is affected by an infection, the immune system starts to produce more white blood cells to counter the incoming threat.
These white blood cells contain a green enzyme called neutrophils and they can cause your mucus to turn into different colors. Since the green mucus is appearing from the wisdom teeth extraction hole, there is a good likelihood that you are affected by some sort of teeth infection.
This infection may not have necessarily arisen as a result of the teeth extraction process. If you have any decayed tooth, this may have caused green mucus to form in the wisdom tooth socket.
Teeth extraction recovery
One important thing to understand is the way in which your gums recover after a tooth extraction process. Once the whole tooth is gone, you will obviously notice a lot of blood. It is important that you don’t clear out the blood straight away because what you want is for a blood clot to form over the empty socket.
The blood clot serves a very important function because it protects the inner areas of the socket. If the blood clot is dislodged, you will then be affected by a condition called dry sockets. This is when a lot of people notice seeing green mucus appearing out of the wisdom teeth socket.
Treating green mucus problems
So how do you get rid of the smelly green mucus from your mouth? First, see a dentist and he/she will prescribe you with the appropriate medications. Next, make sure you are well-equipped to maintain healthy dental hygiene. If you don’t have one already, Waterpik
will become your best friend while you recover from a wisdom tooth extraction.
Every time you eat food, a lot of junk will get stuck within the wisdom teeth socket. You should not use a toothpick or a dental floss to get rid of this junk because you can cause your sensitive gums to bleed further by poking it around.
Instead, use a Waterpik, also called a Water Flosser to flush the food out quickly.
Click here to read more about my experiences of using the Waterpik. Last but not least, watch what you eat. While you are recovering, avoid any foods that are acidic such as soft drinks. You may also want to avoid alcohol as it can increase your chances of getting dry sockets.