Complications To Watch For When Wearing Braces

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When you have braces put on your teeth it's important for you to watch for signs that something isn't right. This way, you can get back in to have the problem corrected. This article will help you spot potential problems with your braces so you have a better idea of when to go in to have them checked.

Gingivitis can occur

You will be at a higher risk of gingivitis when you have braces on. Gingivitis can occur when your teeth and gums aren't properly cared for. Wearing braces can make it more difficult for you to keep your teeth and gums clean. You want to make sure you brush after every meal and use a floss pick to floss. If you notice your gums are getting red or inflamed, then you should see your dentist to see if you need to be treated for gingivitis.


When food or drink particles are allowed to stay on your teeth too long, it can lead to the development of acid. This acid can cause your teeth to become deprived of calcium, which can result in white spots on your teeth. When you have braces on your teeth, it's harder to remove food particles, making demineralization a real threat. Once again, brushing and flossing after each meal can decrease your chances of experiencing this complication. Also, avoiding foods already high in acid, such as soda, can help.

Excessive pain

It's normal for you to experience a certain amount of sensitivity and discomfort after you first have your braces put on and after you have them tightened. However, this discomfort should go away after a few days or so. If you continue to feel pain then the braces may be a bit too tight. Make an appointment to go in and have them checked.

A bad taste in the mouth and bad breath

Since braces make it so much easier for food to get stuck, it is easier for you to experience a bad taste in your mouth and/or bad breath. Along with proper brushing and flossing, using a strong mouthwash once a day and again before bed can help to combat these issues by killing that nasty bacteria and creating a cleaner environment in your mouth.

By taking care of your teeth while you have braces, you will increase the chances that your treatment will be completed as quickly as possible. You will have a better chance of having the great smile you have been hoping for and correcting your issues without complications. Go to website for more information.


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I have always brushed and flossed my teeth daily, but I still had the occasional cavity when I visited the dentist for a check-up. He told me it was normal to have a cavity on occasion and that I shouldn't let it stress me out too much. Well, I am not one to just accept any problem I am having, so I started looking into how to improve my oral hygiene even more. I had always thought mouthwash was just to improve your breath, but I found some that said they helped keep cavities away. I started using one every day before bed. I haven't had a cavity in two years now, and I think the mouth rinse is the reason! I created this blog to remind other people that even if they brush and floss regularly, they can always find ways to take even better care of their teeth.