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How To Prevent Gingivitis

When you wear braces, it can be challenging to maintain good oral hygiene, but it’s a time when your oral hygiene needs to be a top priority. If good oral care is not maintained, it can lead to the accumulation of plaque which can then lead to gingivitis.

Fortunately, for most people, there are ways to prevent gingivitis during orthodontic treatment. Your Northborough orthodontist shares the signs of gingivitis and steps that you can take to prevent it.

Orthodontic Treatment

When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is normal to experience swollen, and sometimes, bleeding gums after adjustments to your braces. Your teeth are being moved, so the pressure and tension may cause pain and swelling. However, if pain, swelling, or bleeding persist, it may be a sign that something more serious is going on.

The Symptoms of Gingivitis

The most common signs of gingivitis include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bleeding when brushing and flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Tenderness and gum inflammation
  • Teeth that are loose

Gingivitis can lead to a condition known as periodontitis which is a severe form of gum disease. The disease attacks the bone and connective tissue that firmly hold your teeth in place, and the gums will start to recede forming pockets around the teeth.

Steps to Prevent Gingivitis

Braces can put you at a higher risk of developing gingivitis, so follow these steps to help prevent your chances of developing gingivitis:

  • Brush your teeth four times a day
  • Invest in an electric toothbrush, which may be better at reducing plaque
  • Floss your teeth at least twice per day; try a floss threader to make it easier
  • Consider adding a water flosser to your routine
  • Use an interdental brush to clean around your braces
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash that is designed for braces
  • Keep up with regular dental hygiene appointments

Make an Appointment with Your Northborough Orthodontist Today

When you come to Carvalho & Roth Orthodontics for orthodontic treatment, we will also look for signs of gingivitis. Our orthodontists and staff believe that our role is to not only straighten your teeth into a beautiful smile but to also make you aware of any dental issues we may find.
To make an appointment with your Northborough orthodontist, contact us, or use our online appointment form. 

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