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If you have recently started wearing braces and your smile is erupting with a canker sore or two, it is will ease as your oral tissues adjust to your new braces for the next week or two. During this adjustment period, these canker sores in the mouth appear as shallow ulcers and are white or yellow with a red border around them. While canker sores can arise anytime, they may arise as the soft oral tissues in your mouth are temporarily irritated by your new braces.

Meanwhile, Dr. Thomas Dowling and our team in Olney, Maryland are happy to share some tips to relieve any canker sore symptoms. Let’s take a look!

Dental wax: This is one of the best tools to have in your oral toolkit. Orthodontic wax protects the oral tissues from irritation as they heal. It is also used to prevent sores from developing in the first place when you wear braces, especially as you place it on those areas where the braces are rubbing until the oral tissues “toughen up” a bit. To use orthodontic wax, simply take a small piece of wax, roll it into a ball, and stick it on the parts of the braces causing you discomfort.

Salt water rinse: Regularly rinsing your mouth with salt water helps heal canker sores as it removes bacteria and soothes the affected areas.

Ointment: Your local drugstore carries over-the-counter ointments to help with the pain and irritation of canker sores. Simply apply a tiny bit of the numbing ointment over the area for symptom relief.

Pain relievers: If the discomfort in your mouth is difficult to ignore, you can temporarily use pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, while the area heals.

Limit foods or beverages: While your mouth is adjusting to your braces, or whenever you have a canker sore, you will want to avoid consuming hot, spicy, or acidic foods and drinks for a week or two.

Dr. Thomas Dowling and our Thomas Dowling, DDS team are here to help you find relief from canker sores or any other issue as you align your smile. Please call 301-658-7751 to speak with a member of our staff whenever you have questions, concerns, or to schedule your next visit. We look forward to hearing from you!