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Swollen Gums Braces
Swollen gums is also known as Gum swelling. Swelling in the gums is often the symptom of gingivitis or possilby more advanced periodontal disease. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss as well as many systemic problems- increased risk of stroke, heart attack, colon ...Read more
Floss, brush, rinse: Ensuring that you are being diligent in cleaning under the wire and in between the teeth is critical. Floss. Brush, and use and antibacterial mouth rinse (listerine or pro-health) 2x/day for 30 seconds full strength. Your orthodontist may even remove your wires for a few weeks to help facilitate this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Floss threaders: Floss threaders can facilitate your flossing by making it easier to get the floss under your orthodontic wires. If you have swollen gums, then you need specific instructions from your orthodontist on home care with your tooth brush and floss. More frequent visits with your family dentist for cleanings and check-ups during braces are also recommended. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Oral hygiene: Since your braces collect more debris, plaque and tarter accumulate much faster around the brackets, it is more difficult to reach between the teeth and to floss, regardless, you should try harder when you have braces get you teeth cleaned every 3 m not 6 months. Brush and floss as usual and use a water pick to flush out the deposits and an interproximal brush to clean between the teeth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I get rid of swollen gums if my braces don't allow me to floss, and i don't have special tools to do it?
Maniy choices: With a floss threader flossingr is possible, although tedious. You can use a rubber tip or small pointed proxy brush as an inexpensive substitute for floss. Best choice, get a water pik and use it every day. It will make your gums much healthier, make your adjustments easier, and will dramatically shorten your time in braces. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See your dentist: It is common with braces to see the gums get swollen and infected. Your dentist also may prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse or corticosteroid ointment to control the pain and irritation. Take especially good care of your teeth and your gums during orthodontic treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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