When receiving treatment for straighter teeth, you may experience swollen gums with braces. You might wonder when you will find relief from the pain. But rest assured soreness or irritation when you first get braces is normal.
Listed below are a few causes of swollen gums when wearing braces and some caring tips.
Soreness Is Normal
It is absolutely normal to feel some pain in your mouth after receiving new braces or regular adjustments. The pain or discomfort can last for 24 to 36 hours. But keep in mind that swollen gums over time can point to problems unrelated to the initial wear.
Gingivitis from Hidden Plaque
Plaque accumulation on your teeth can result in gingivitis, and braces can make it more difficult to reach the food particles stuck with brackets and wiring in place. Naturally, when food debris gets trapped in your gums, it can cause a buildup over time that results in gum inflammation.
Hormones on the go
In most adults, hormones can cause swollen gums. For example, for girls undergoing puberty, hormones can be the culprit of swollen gums. Similarly, for pregnant women, hormonal surges can increase the chances of gingivitis.
Caring for Swollen Gums
The best approach to find relief is to identify swelling at the initial stage and visit your dentist to discuss your home care approach. Doing the following can specifically help:
- Floss daily and thoroughly clean around your braces.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Rinse mouthwash after brushing.
- Gargle with salt water for quick relief.
It is always best to make great oral hygiene a priority. Especially when you have braces, doing so can cut down on discomfort and irritation – making it a more comfortable experience.
Schedule an appointment with Waller Dental to discuss your oral issues and determine the best possible treatment. Call us at 936-372-2673.