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How do you treat swollen gums when you have braces?

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In brief: Brush

Gum tissue needs food moving across it to stimulate it.
With appliances on one must brush the gum tissue as the food will not due to the braces interfering with their usual action.

In brief: Brush

Gum tissue needs food moving across it to stimulate it.
With appliances on one must brush the gum tissue as the food will not due to the braces interfering with their usual action.
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Dr. Robert Eckelson
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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Gum care

Dental care can be harder with braces.
However, with good, regular dental care, you're gums should become healthy and stop being swollen. Floss daily (thread it beneath the braces), brush after meals, use a water pik, and see your dentist & orthodontist regularly. If you follow this and still have problems, talk with your dentist/orthodontist about other considerations.

In brief: Gum care

Dental care can be harder with braces.
However, with good, regular dental care, you're gums should become healthy and stop being swollen. Floss daily (thread it beneath the braces), brush after meals, use a water pik, and see your dentist & orthodontist regularly. If you follow this and still have problems, talk with your dentist/orthodontist about other considerations.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Dr. Christopher Dowd
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Remove

Remove the cause of the swelling, which is almost invariably bacteria.
Brush 2x/day for 2full minutes by the clock. Ask your Orthodontist to show you proper Orthodontic brushing technique. Floss and/or WaterPik DAILY. Discuss Disclosing Tablets with the Dentist or Orthodontist that is treating you. If inflammation persists, see a Periodontist.

In brief: Remove

Remove the cause of the swelling, which is almost invariably bacteria.
Brush 2x/day for 2full minutes by the clock. Ask your Orthodontist to show you proper Orthodontic brushing technique. Floss and/or WaterPik DAILY. Discuss Disclosing Tablets with the Dentist or Orthodontist that is treating you. If inflammation persists, see a Periodontist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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