How to Prevent Gingivitis While You’re Wearing Braces

Orthodontics Orange County, CA

Straight teeth and a beautiful smile are two things most people like to see when they look in the mirror. If your teeth didn’t come in correctly aligned, or if an accident or trauma caused a misalignment, braces are an easy way to achieve the smile you want. However, at John Redmond Orthodontics, we understand that maintaining oral hygiene with braces can be challenging. 

Braces on your teeth can make it very difficult to adhere to a dental hygiene routine. Without proper dental hygiene, the accumulation of plaque can pave the way for gum disease, known as gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis can usually be reversed if it hasn’t progressed too far. If you learn about the prevention and symptoms of gingivitis, you can take steps to avoid it during your orthodontic treatment.

What Causes Swollen and Bleeding Gums?

Your braces need to be adjusted at regular intervals. Afterward, it is reasonable to experience  a bit of swelling and soreness for a couple days. Since the braces are physically moving your teeth, pressure and tension are a normal part of the orthodontic treatment.

Although orthodontic treatments can result in swollen gums, if the pain, swelling, and soreness still persist after a few days, it may be a sign of an underlying problem which is of more concern. While lack of thorough oral hygiene from braces may lead to the growth of bacteria and plaque that cause gum disease, other issues, such as genetics, surges in hormone levels, excessive tobacco use, and broken fillings can lead to the development of gingivitis as well.

What Signs and Symptoms Are Typically Associated with Gingivitis?

Gum disease could be present if these problems exist:

  • Bad breath
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bleeding when brushing and flossing
  • Tender and inflamed teeth and gums
  • Loosened teeth

Without proper treatment, gingivitis can progress into a condition called periodontitis. This is a more severe form of gum disease which can affect the bone and connective tissues that hold the teeth firmly in place adversely. It can be accompanied by the gradual receding of gums. Then, pockets form between the teeth. This condition is a considerable threat and could lead to long-term problems and lost teeth. At John Redmond Orthodontics, we recommend that you don’t wait until these dangerous dental signs show up. We can evaluate your situation and keep a close eye on your dental health, so it never gets out of hand.

Regular brushing and flossing are the best ways to care for your teeth and gums. Other things can you can do avoid gum disease include:

  • Keeping your dental hygiene appointments
  • Cleaning around you braces with interdental brushes
  • Using an antibacterial mouth rinse which is specifically prescribed for braces
  • Eating a healthy diet and increasing your intake of Vitamin C

Your braces can work toward giving you the healthy, attractive smile you desire. To find out more about getting braces or learn more about avoiding gum disease when wearing braces, contact John Redmond Orthodontics for more information or to schedule a visit with an experienced orthodontist Orange County, CA residents trust.