In recent decades, advancements in technology and orthodontic treatment techniques have caused braces to become much more comfortable than those of past generations. However, they can still cause occasional issues. For example, some patients experience mouth sores with braces in Meriden. How can you prevent this issue, and if you do develop a sore, what can you do to manage it? Discover the answers below.
Preventing Mouth Sores
Here are some practical tips to reduce the risk that you will develop a mouth sore.
- Use orthodontic wax. Mouth sores are usually caused by the braces’ brackets. As they rub against soft tissues in the mouth, they can cause damage and lead to discomfort. Fortunately, you can minimize this problem by covering your brackets with orthodontic wax. Alternatively, you could apply silicon covers to your brackets.
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene. A thorough routine for cleaning your teeth reduces the number of bacteria and food particles in the mouth, thereby lowering the risk of infections and sores. Brushing, flossing, and the use of an antibacterial mouthwash can all be beneficial.
- Drink plenty of water. A dry mouth is at a heightened risk of numerous problems, including mouth sores. Keep a water bottle with you and sip on it throughout the day to promote hydration and saliva production.
- Manage stress. There is often a correlation between mouth sores and a high-stress lifestyle. Try to take time each day to relax a little.
Despite your best efforts to prevent mouth sores, you may still find that they occur once in a while. Your dentist or orthodontist may have specific recommendations on how to cope with the problem, so be sure to call them and ask for advice. In the meantime, the following suggestions may be useful:
- Use pain relievers if necessary. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are both available for purchase over the counter, and both can be effective at relieving mouth pain. You could also try topical pain relief products, such as Anbesol or Orabase.
- Swish with salt water. Salt water can reduce inflammation and fight harmful oral bacteria. Add half a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water, and swish the solution around your mouth. Repeat several times each day to enjoy the best possible results.
- Try applying a tea bag. Soak a tea bag in warm water before gently pressing it against your mouth sore. It can feel quite soothing, and tea even has antiseptic properties that can promote healing. Chamomile tea and black tea both work well.
- Adjust your eating habits. You may find that spicy, hot, and acidic foods worsen your pain. Consume cool or room temperature items that are easy to chew and swallow.
Mouth sores with braces can be annoying and uncomfortable. Fortunately, though, there are practical steps you can take to prevent and manage this problem.
Meet the Practice
The team at Meriden Dental Group is proud to provide a broad range of treatments for our community, including traditional braces, clear aligners, and general oral health services. If you have questions about orthodontic care, we would be pleased to help you find answers. Contact us at 203-404-6800.