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A 48-year-old member asked:

Why do gums get swollen when you don't floss and have braces?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Inflammation: Swelling is due to inflammation, which can easily be caused by food impaction and bacteria on teeth that are not being properly maintained.
Dr. Stanley Halpern
Periodontics 42 years experience
Gingivitis: Bacteria accumulate around your teeth when you don't floss and brush well. Braces make it easier for the bacteria to accumulate. It sounds like you need a very thorough dental cleaning and oral hygiene instructions. You should probably have your teeth cleaned every 3 months while in braces.

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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.

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Last updated Sep 14, 2013

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