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How to Manage & Prevent Mouth Sores with Braces

November 25, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — whiteoak @ 11:49 pm
woman with braces being examined by a dentist

Traditional braces have been the go-to orthodontic treatment for many years to achieve a straighter, aligned smile! They can fix a range of dental issues, from minor gapping to severely rotated teeth. While they may give you the pearly whites you have always wanted, it’s no secret that braces cause mouth sores. Keep reading on how to prevent and manage mouth sores caused by braces.

How Can Mouth Sores Be Prevented While Wearing Braces?

As the wires and brackets rub against the inside of your cheeks and lips, they cause irritation, leading to sores. Even minor irritation can lead to mouth ulcers. Here are several methods to drastically minimize the chances of getting them:

  • Use dental wax: Place dental wax on any areas that poke and cause irritation. This will form a protective barrier between the braces and your mouth and go a long way in preventing mouth sores.
  • Maintain a clean mouth: Be sure to brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. This will clear out any debris or bacteria that might aggravate the irritated tissues.
  • Drink lots of water: A dry mouth can cause the beginning of an abrasion to worsen. By drinking water, you can promote saliva production and avoid dry mouth to minimize your risk of mouth sores.

Ways to Manage Mouth Sores Caused by Braces

Despite all your best intentions, sometimes a sore will still form throughout your treatment process. Luckily, there are several measures you can take to alleviate the discomfort and keep the issue from getting worse. Here are some best practices:

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers: If you have a large mouth sore, then the ideal option may be to take over-the-counter pain medications. They can help keep you comfortable while you go on to implementing the next steps.
  • Rinse with salt and warm water: Mixing salt and lukewarm water creates a natural disinfectant for your mouth. Not only will this reduce swelling and minimize discomfort, but it’ll also eliminate bacteria.
  • Avoid acidic and sugary meals: Foods that are high in sugar and acidity can often exacerbate existing mouth sores. Try to minimize treats like ice cream, candy, sodas, and other sweet or acidic foods. Having mouth sores while wearing braces can cause a damper on your everyday life. With these helpful tips from your orthodontist, you can minimize the chances of developing any so you can enjoy a healthier and stress-free treatment process!

About the Author

Dr. Connie Lai and her team at White Oak Dental & Orthodontics serve the families of Avenel, Woodbridge Township, and the surrounding areas. As a board-certified orthodontist, she can help you experience a more comfortable treatment experience. With a 5-star rating from over 200 reviews on Google, she seeks to give you exceptional personalized care for your dream smile! To learn more about traditional braces, contact her through her website or call (732) 582-4224

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