A 36-year-old member asked:
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my gums are swollen through my braces. what can i do?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Periodontist: Gum damage, usually from not cleaning between teeth. See your dentist, or the periodontist of his/her choice, for the treatment necessary to resolve the swelling, and then learn to clean between your teeth. You may also need more frequent professional cleanings during your braces treatment. Please address this before it gets worse.
Answered on Mar 3, 2014
Dr. Hessam Rahimi
9 years experience Orthodontics
Brush & See Dentist: Gums get swollen because u didn't remove plaque effectively from around your braces & your body has been trying to do it for you. Though ineffective, body sends blood cells to gums to do the clean up, which it fails and only adds to swelling. You gotta break that cycle by brushing allot (&flossing). brush for 4 entire songs a day. boring as hell, but beats getting deep cleaning or gums cut.
Answered on Jun 22, 2018

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Inflammation: Swelling is due to inflammation, which can easily be caused by food impaction and bacteria on teeth that are not being properly maintained.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Call Orthodontist: May be hygiene issue, trapped food debris, loose brace forcing debris under gum, or other issues. Hopefully you are seeing an orthodontic specialist. ... Read More
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Have it checked: May be transient or may require debridement or other rx. Ask your orthodontic specialist to have a look.

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