Every now and then, we have patients with braces inform us of swollen gums. While there are several reasons you may experience gum swelling with braces, the most common include poor oral hygiene, moving teeth, and underlying conditions like obesity or diabetes.
The good news is there are some things you can do at home to reduce or even get rid of the swelling. You may rinse your mouth a few times a day with warm salt water. Also, refrain from any hard foods until your gums feel better. If your gums are really uncomfortable, take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Another option is to floss between your teeth to minimize inflammation. Lakewood, Colorado emergency dentist Dr. Brian Levitin always urges patients to ask a medical professional before self diagnosing.
If the swollen gums persist and don’t improve with at-home treatments, see your orthodontist. You should also visit them if your swelling is paired with bleeding or your wires are cutting into your gums. They may suggest that you go to your dentist for regular cleanings and spend more time brushing and flossing your teeth. They may also check for signs of gum disease and need to remove the irritated gum tissue with a laser.
Since it’s easier to prevent swollen gums with braces than to treat them, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. It’s also a good idea to use an antibacterial mouthwash. If you have metal braces, avoid foods like hard candy and popcorn that can get trapped in them easily.
Fortunately, swollen gums don’t affect everyone. In fact, if you take great care of your teeth and listen to your orthodontist’s instructions, you can avoid them and achieve your desired smile with minimal to no discomfort. Durham, NC orthodontist Dr. Jason Gladwell always says contact your orthodontist with questions before searching on the Internet or going to social media.
If you have further questions about swollen gums with braces, don’t hesitate to contact our office today at 804-884-9906. We look forward to hearing from you!