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A 36-year-old member asked:

My gums are swollen through my braces. what can i do?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
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.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What should I do if I have braces and my gums are all swollen?

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Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales
Dentistry 42 years experience
Consult Orthodontist: Generally braces tend to not allow proper oral hygiene resulting in plaque/tar accumulation resulting in irritated gums. Proper hygiene and frequent(every 3 months) professional dental cleaning should control the plague/tar build-up. Possible wires or brackets can also irritate needing adjustments by your orthodontist. Some medications or health conditions can lead to enlargement or irritation.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Got my braces off and my gums are swollen. Is this normal?

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Periodontics 56 years experience
See a periodontist: With braces the gums can become very irritated and swollen have a periodontist check you out to make sure there are no deposits below your gums and teach you how to manage your gums now that your braces are off. If there is no problem with your gums then they should heal within a few days.

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