While some swelling of the gums is normal because of forces applied to your teeth, persistent swelling and bleeding may occur due to poor hygiene. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to combat this problem. To avoid swollen gums with braces, Dr. Sanders recommends the following tips:

Regular Brushing and Flossing

Flossing and brushing your teeth on a regular basis is essential in order to prevent germ buildup. If possible, you should brush your teeth after every meal so that you can remove dirt and other particles and keep your gums in their optimal condition.

Be sure to sure to angle your toothbrush in a way that gives you easy access to your gum line. By angling your toothbrush properly, you can soothe gum swelling while keeping your teeth clean.

Flossing after every meal with floss, a Waterpik, or proxybrush to remove dirt particles and stubborn food from your mouth is also highly recommend. In addition, you should rinse your mouth with mouthwash or warm salt water several times a day if you experience tenderness surrounding the gum tissue.


If your swelling does not subside and continues to cause discomfort, medications to reduce swelling are an option. You can visit a local drugstore and pick up an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain reliever such as Ibuprofen or Advil. Contact Dr. Sanders if the pain persists for more than 3 days following an adjustment.

Lifestyle Changes

Especially with braces, smoking can cause swollen gums. It can hinder healthy gum tissue and lead to pain and inflammation. By quitting smoking, you can avoid aggravation and gum irritation while reaping countess other health benefits. Poor habits such as chewing pen caps or biting nails should also be avoided as they place excess pressure on the teeth, irritate the gums, and prompt swelling.

Regular Orthodontist Appointments

Be sure to visit Dr. Sanders on a regular basis even after being fitted with braces. You should also go to a dentist every 6 months to get your teeth professionally cleaned and gums regularly checked for anomalies that may trigger swelling.

Contact Orthodontics Only Today

Please contact our office if your swelling persists and/or causes extreme discomfort. Dr. Sanders will take a look at your mouth to determine the underlying cause of the issue and assist you in relieving the pain as quickly and effectively as possible. Invisalign may be an alternative to braces for your situation.

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