Q. Can hitting behind molar a bunch of times cause any medical issues?

Answered by
Dr. Naseer Ahmad Bhat
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 25, 2018

Hello doctor,

Today after a meal I had some food particles stuck in my top molar all the way in the back. I took my toothbrush and tried to scrub it out real well to get it. While brushing, I put the toothbrush real far back into my mouth to really try and clean that last molar. In the process, I jabbed the back of my mouth behind the molar a few times. A few times while brushing the underside of my tooth and going straight back and a few times brushing the outside of the tooth and accidentally pushing it further past the teeth. What is back there? And can hitting it a bunch of times cause any medical issues? I am a little worried.



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I have been through your query and as far as I understood I came to a conclusion that if you go far behind your teeth bearing area there is hard and soft tissue which you may injure yourself. The region behind your third molar is:

  1. Hard tissue: Ramus of the mandible.
  2. Soft tissue: Tissue covering the bone and ramus.

In case you push your toothbrush far behind, you may injure your soft tissue that may result in some feeble pain and a white spot appearance. In that case get a Dologel (Choline salicylate) ointment if it hurts. If it does not hurt, let it be as it is and it will heal within five days without any medication.

For more information consult a dentist online -->

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