Braces are the best way to create a beautiful, straight, and healthy smile. Unfortunately, they often come with their own set of struggles. Perhaps the most annoying issue you may face is mouth sores. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can help to treat and prevent mouth sores in the future. Today, Dr. Harrison’s orthodontic team will discuss some of the ways you can cope with mouth sores from your braces.
Treating Mouth Sores
Salt Water Solution – If you have a mouth sore that is particularly troublesome, swishing with salt water is an excellent method of treatment. Mix a teaspoon of salt into warm tap water and swish the concoction around your mouth for one minute before spitting the solution out. It will sting slightly at first, but the salt does an excellent job of disinfecting the sore and numbing the pain. Salt water treatment can relieve your pain for a few hours and help you heal faster.
Apply Tea Bags to the Sore – One solution you can use to reduce the inflammation and pain of the sore is to use tea bags. Simply soak the tea bag in warm water then place and hold it directly on the sore. Tea has antiseptic properties and is a natural way to reduce the inflammation your mouth is experiencing.
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Preventing Mouth Sores
Use Dental Wax – Apply a layer of dental wax to the area where your braces rub against your cheeks or lips to help prevent irritation and the formation of mouth sores. The wax will need to be reapplied throughout the day, but it is an excellent method of preventing sores until your mouth is accustomed to the braces.
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Avoid Acidic & Spicy Foods & Drinks – Acidic and spicy foods are irritants and can cause ulcers to form as well as irritate existing sores. Sodas and carbonated drinks can also be problematic. Bland foods such as yogurt are easier on your mouth when ulcers are present. Avoid these acidic & spicy foods for at least the first few weeks when you get your braces so you don’t intensify any pain you may experience.
Consult With Dr. Harrison If Your Braces Are Causing You Pain
Dr. Harrison and his orthodontic team at Parkcrest Dental Group want your orthodontic treatment to be as painless and smooth as possible. If you have questions about your braces, feel free to reach out to our team at 417-887-1220 today.