A canker sore is a common phenomenon, or we can say side effects of braces. Canker sores are small ulcers formed inside the inner parts of your mouth. They can make you suffer from tingling and burning sensations.
These sores are round and appear in white, grey, or red color. There are other causes also of sores apart from braces. Canker sores can cause minor pain and might go away on their own after some time. But they can lead to severe infections and health issues also.
In this post, we’ll explain various canker sore causes and their preventive treatment.
Connection of Canker Sore With Braces
Canker sore emerges due to various reasons like eating spicy or acidic food. But patients who are undergoing braces treatment mostly report the issue of a canker sore. It happens due to irritated tissues in your mouth because of braces.
Sometimes, the mouth resists the change due to braces. They may go away after some time once your mouth gets habitual to braces.
However, you should not underestimate the repercussions of long-term canker sores in your mouth. Thus you should consult a dentist if the problem persist. –
Here are 5 effective steps for relief from cankers sores –
- Apply Silicon Covers
- Rinse With Salt Water
- Use Orthodontic Wax
- Eat Simple Foods
- Keep Your Mouth Hydrated
If you are on braces, you might be knowing about orthodontics wax. The silicon covers works in the same fashion. They protect your lips, mouth, and cheeks from coming in contact with braces brackets. Please make sure the braces are completely dry when you put on a silicon cover on them. You can get silicon covers from any medical shop near you.
A rinse with warm salt water soothes your pain and inflammation. Salt is a disinfectant, so it can also prevent the infection from spreading in your mouth. Mix some salt in a glass of warm water. Rinse at least 2-3 times a day or as much as you need to get relief from discomfort.
Orthodontic wax also helps in preventing mouth ulcers. When you place the orthodontic wax on your braces, it will soften the surface. It protects the contact of the bracket’s sharp corner and wires with your mouth. This wax is waterproof and doesn’t slip easily. Therefore it gives you relief for a longer time. Rub a small amount of wax in your fingertips for few seconds to warm it before applying.
The irritation of your mouth tissues will further aggravate with spicy and acidic food. As mentioned earlier, these kinds of foods encourage mouth ulcers. So eat simple food while you are starting with your braces treatment. Eat soft and mushy foods that are not much spicy and hard in texture.
Mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, and shakes are suitable options to eat while on braces. Also, avoid hard food with braces to prevent the breaking of brackets and wires.
A dry mouth increases the irritation and discomfort due to canker sore. Drink plenty of water so that your mouth can produce enough saliva. The antibodies in saliva prevent the spread of ulcers. A moist mouth also minimizes the pain of damaged inner cheeks due to braces.
These are preventive treatments, not permanent solutions. After following all the above steps, if your complications are still increasing, get in touch with your dentist.
Contact Thurman Orthodontics for consultation regarding the early side effects of braces treatment. Our team of expert orthodontist provides the best treatment with minimum pain.
Dr. Brian Thurman has spent his entire life enjoying all the beauty that California has to offer. A Fresno native, he still escapes to the ocean or the mountains whenever his busy schedule allows. Driven by his love for natural beauty, Dr. Thurman enjoys creating beautiful smiles and healthy bites that last a lifetime. He is proud to be the only Ivy League trained Orthodontist in the Fresno/Clovis area.