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Food getting stuck in dental cavities

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1. I have cavities in my tooth, and when I eat, food gets stuck. When I rinse my mouth or use miswak, it’s still stuck. But when I brush my teeth, it easily comes out. Should I brush my teeth before I perform wudhu everytime I eat, or is it okay for the food to be stuck in the cavities?

2. Is it permissible to have dental fillings so that food doesn’t get stuck, or is the filling regarded the same as stuck food? If it is permissible, is there any specific type which should be used as a filling? For example, the fillings come in gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).

3. Sometimes, the food eaten comes back to mouth unintentionally. When this happens, does wudhu break? What about fast?



1. It is better that you brush your teeth and remove the food from the cavities. Otherwise, this will build up into a stench.

2. Yes.
What seems to be efficient and lasting use that.

4. No.
As above.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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