Overlapping, gapped, and misaligned teeth are just a few of the many orthodontic issues that braces can correct. In fact, the traditional metal brackets and wires can fix everything from a minor gap to severely rotated teeth. There is, however, one drawback: mouth sores. Fortunately, this is largely avoidable with the right best practices in place. With this in mind, keep reading to learn four tips from your orthodontist in Flower Mound for preventing mouth sores with braces.
#1. Brush and Floss Daily
Simply put, the cleaner your mouth is, the less likely an ulcer will form. However, keeping your braces free from food particles and debris isn’t always easy. That’s why it is of the utmost importance that you commit to a solid at-home oral hygiene routine. Make sure to brush after every meal (or at least twice a day) and floss daily.
#2. Rinse and Disinfect Throughout the Day
Another way to keep your mouth clean is by rinsing throughout the day (especially if you can’t brush and floss your teeth after lunch due to work or school). Simply swish an oral rinse or water around in your mouth for 30-60 seconds before spitting it out. Not only will this promote a clean mouth, but it will also prevent food particles from aggravating existing sores.
#3. Apply Orthodontic Wax
If you have braces, it’s always a good idea to keep orthodontic wax within arm’s reach. That way, whether a bracket begins to irritate your gums, or a wire starts poking the soft tissue in your mouth, you can quickly place the wax around the sharp edge to prevent further damage. Plus, since the base of the product is water-resistant, you won’t have to worry about it slipping out of place throughout the day!
#4. Drink Plenty of Water
Did you know saliva has antibacterial components? It’s true! Therefore, healthy saliva production is essential to preventing the onset of ulcers in your mouth. Fortunately, something as simple as staying hydrated can stimulate the production of saliva.
Mouth sores with braces can be quite a nuisance. However, they are a small price to pay for a straight, healthy, beautiful smile! To make your time with braces as comfortable as possible, make sure to keep the aforementioned tips in mind to help prevent them altogether.
About the Author
Dr. Kim Rogers earned her dental doctorate from Texas A&M and went on to attain her master’s in oral biology and certificate in orthodontics from there as well. She is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists, a distinction only one in three orthodontists achieve. She treats patients from approximately ages 6-18. Dr. Rogers will be happy to talk more about preventing mouth sores with braces during your next appointment at KidSmiles. You can schedule one on her website or call (972) 884-5450.