Canker sores develop every so often when you have braces. Medically known as apthous ulcers, these are lesions that develop inside the mouth and gums, leaving it painful and sore. Eating and talking is hard to do because of this.
Canker sores are not contagious and usually form one at a time. There are times, however, when the sores develop in smaller clusters that are twice as painful to deal with.
Causes of Canker Sores
Medical science has no exact cause as to why canker sores develop. But with people wearing brace, aligners or retainers, the most likely culprit is dryness of the mouth. This can happen if the person wearing braces is still getting used to the fixtures.
Additionally, bacteria accumulating in the mouth can increase with brace wearing; hence a more aggressive dental hygiene is required to prevent this. It can’t be emphasized enough how important cleaning the teeth and mouth is when wearing braces.
Every now and then, the mouth also experiences friction with the braces and this eventually leads to some kind of mouth trauma, which in turn becomes sore. Thus, the lesions form and become canker sores.
Other causes of canker sores are attributed to:
- Genetics. Many doctors and experts have observed that sometimes, the formation of this is common between family members.
- Dental hygiene products. Some types of toothpastes, particularly those that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, can influence mouth dryness, which is said to promote canker source.
- Immunity. The stress of dealing with daily activities can lower the immune systems. When a person isn’t getting enough sleep and nutrients, the body grows weak and is unable to fight off bacteria that develop to canker sores.
Treating Canker Sores With Braces
A.) Buy Over-The-Counter Treatment
Fortunately, there are many over-the-counter treatments for canker sores at any pharmacy. You can use this for relief from the lesions. Some of these include name brands like , Colgate Ora-Base Soothe-n-Seal, Orajel Mouth Sore Discs and Ora-5. These are in gel forms that can be rubbed on the gums and inside the mouth and works like a protective film.
Get rid of the bacteria in canker sores by using a mouthwash. Pick a brand that contains hexetidine, chlorhexedine or carbamide peroxide in its ingredients, as this works best for cleaning brace appliances effectively. Some mouthwashes may contain alcohol that will only sting in the mouth and give discomfort.
B.) Do Simple Home Remedies
Gargle with salt and water regularly. This solution has antibacterial properties that can reduce the bacteria in the mouth. This works well with sore throats too. The salt water wash may sting a little, though, so use with care.
Stop eating and drinking anything acidic — like orange juices or tomato-based food — when the canker sores are still present, as these can only aggravate the pain.
Vitamin C can boost your immune system, but natural sources can sting the lesions. If you have to stock up on Vitamin C, perhaps taking supplements would be better and easier to swallow for now.
c.) Visit Your Orthodontist
If the condition does not alleviate within the week, have your doctor check the soreness, for proper diagnosis and a more stringent form of treatment. Braces adjustments may also be necessary to correct what is causing the friction, so the orthodontist should really take a look into it.