Must-Know Tips for Preventing Mouth Sores with Braces

June 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — isaakyelizar @ 10:06 pm
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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 Queens 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 that 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 above tips in mind to help prevent them altogether.

About the Author

Dr. Isaak Yelizar earned his dental doctorate from New York University and eventually entered an orthodontic residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx. A board-certified orthodontist, he believes in a “less is more” approach – using the least invasive techniques to accomplish a beautiful smile result. If you are interested in braces, Dr. Yelizar offers metal braces, clear ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, clear aligners, and hidden braces. To learn more about what could benefit your specific smile, schedule a consultation on his website or by calling (929) 229-1009.

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