ANAHEIMHILLSORTHO Accessibility Statement

ANAHEIMHILLSORTHO is committed to facilitating the accessibility and usability of its website, , for everyone. ANAHEIMHILLSORTHO aims to comply with all applicable standards, including the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 up to Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA). ANAHEIMHILLSORTHO is proud of the efforts that we have completed and that are in-progress to ensure that our website is accessible to everyone.

If you experience any difficulty in accessing any part of this website, please feel free to call us at 714-998-4700 or email us at [email protected] and we will work with you to provide the information or service you seek through an alternate communication method that is accessible for you consistent with applicable law (for example, through telephone support).

Braces and Swollen Gums | Anaheim Hills Orthodontist

Orthodontist Anaheim Hills

Braces and Swollen Gums | Anaheim Hills Orthodontist

Managing Gum Irritation with Braces: Tips from Your Anaheim Hills Orthodontist

Braces are a safe and effective solution for straightening misaligned teeth at any age. However, some patients may experience minor complications, such as gum irritation. If your gums are red, sore, or swollen, it’s crucial to determine the cause and find an appropriate solution as soon as possible. Here at The Hills Orthodontics, we are committed to helping you maintain excellent oral health throughout your orthodontic journey.

Common Causes of Gum Irritation

Regular oral hygiene can be more challenging with braces, leading to potential issues like plaque buildup and gingivitis. This can cause your gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. Children and teens are especially susceptible due to hormonal changes that can accelerate gum disease. When gums are inflamed, it becomes even more difficult to clean teeth properly, worsening the situation.

Gums can also become sensitive due to the presence of metal brackets and wires. Conditions like hyperplasia or hypertrophy can cause the gums to grow larger in reaction to the orthodontic appliances. Fortunately, gums usually return to normal once the braces are removed and orthodontic treatment is completed.

The pressure of chewing firm foods can further irritate and inflame gums. Avoiding hard and crunchy foods such as raw vegetables and popcorn can help reduce discomfort. Additionally, habits like chewing on pens, biting nails, or pressing your tongue against your teeth can contribute to gum irritation.

Tips to Soothe and Prevent Gum Irritation

To alleviate the effects of swollen, inflamed gums, consider these practical steps:

  1. Use an Electric Toothbrush: An electric toothbrush with an orthodontic head can provide a more thorough cleaning.
  2. Try a Water Flosser: Water flossers can effectively remove debris and bacteria between teeth and around braces.
  3. Use Floss Threaders and Interproximal Brushes: These tools can clean under and around wires more effectively than a standard toothbrush.
  4. Consider a Mouthwash: Ask your orthodontist if a fluoride or antimicrobial mouthwash is recommended.
  5. Salt Water Rinse: Rinse your mouth with warm water mixed with a pinch of salt to soothe inflammation.
  6. Avoid Irritants: Steer clear of alcohol and tobacco, as they can increase gum irritation.

When to Seek Professional Help

If gum irritation persists, it’s important to contact The Hills Orthodontics for a consultation. Our team will examine your gums to determine if there is another underlying cause for the inflammation and provide advice on the next steps.

To schedule a visit with your trusted Anaheim Hills Orthodontist, please contact our team today. We are here to ensure your orthodontic treatment is as comfortable and effective as possible.

Anaheim Hills Orthodontics
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 714-998-4700
5753 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd. #K
Anaheim, CA 92867